Russia sounds the alarm over youngsters listed by Ukraine as enemies


The web site Mirotvorets options private particulars of greater than 320 minors, together with a 9-year-old, human rights activists revealed

Russian human rights activists have found that the infamous Ukrainian web site Mirotvorets (Peacemaker) options the private particulars of 327 youngsters. The revelation prompted the Russian authorities to share their considerations over this “huge injustice” with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Since 2018, the web site has revealed private particulars – names, addresses, pictures, social media pages – of kids, the youngest of whom isn’t even 10 years outdated but, the top of the Foundation for the Fight towards Repressions, Mira Terada, mentioned at a press convention in Moscow on Thursday. The newest put up was dated February 4, 2022, she added.

The Mirotvorets web site was created in 2014 as a public database of “pro-Russian terrorists, separatists, mercenaries, war criminals, and murderers.” It was reportedly launched below the initiative of Anton Gerashchenko, an official adviser and a former deputy minister on the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. He endorsed the mission and sometimes made statements on its behalf. Mirotvorets is extensively believed to be run by Ukraine’s Security Service. 

According to Terada, the web site’s servers are positioned within the US, which, she mentioned, might imply it “was created with the support of American citizens or companies, probably not without the participation of special services.”

“The human rights activists of the Foundation for the Fight against Repressions came to the conclusion that, as of today, the Ukrainian resource database contains personal data of at least 327 underage residents of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Armenia, of which 162 are girls and 165 are boys,” Terada mentioned.

The causes for together with youngsters within the database are “as absurd as possible,” she added.

Each child is cynically accused by the administration and the creators of the resource of committing deliberate acts against the national security of Ukraine, peace and international law and order,” Terada mentioned. According to her, many youngsters have obtained threats of bodily violence and of different sorts. Nevertheless, she claimed, “the Ukrainian government categorically refuses to restrict access to Mirotvorets.

Only through joint efforts of the UN, UNICEF, Russian and international human rights organizations, it is possible to achieve a complete blocking of the Mirotvorets resource and the complete removal of the personal data of children and their parents,” the human rights activist concluded.

Terada’s name was supported by the deputy head of Russia’s mission to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky. Speaking through videolink from New York, he mentioned Russian diplomats had beforehand raised the difficulty of the violation of kids’s rights – which he described as a “huge injustice” – with the UN secretary normal and with UNICEF, however “no active actions followed.” 

Further discoveries made by the Foundation for the Fight Against Repressions prompted Polyansky to boost the difficulty once more in a letter to Guterres, which he despatched on Wednesday.

“Our task is to show international organizations, our partners, who claim to belong to the civilized world, what is really happening in Ukraine,” the diplomat mentioned.

The Mirotvorets mission gained notoriety in 2015, when author and historian Oles Buzina and politician Oleg Kalashnikov have been assassinated in Ukraine after their profiles appeared on the web site.

In 2016, EU officers and journalist teams condemned Mirotvorets for leaking knowledge on greater than 4,000 members of the media.