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Database of russian propagandists created in Ukraine

05.07.2022, 14:35
Photo: youcontrol.com.ua
Photo: youcontrol.com.ua

Volunteer initiative for information hygiene "How Not To Turn Into a Vegetable" created a database of russian propagandists and public figures who support the full-scale war against Ukraine and/or have been involved in spreading anti-Ukrainian narratives over the past eight years.

This is announced on the YouControl website.

The purpose of creating the database is that russian propagandists and their accomplices should be held responsible for the genocide of the Ukrainian people, in which they participated informationally.

The database includes 1,800 people and will be updated quarterly. The database divides propagandists into categories: mass media, writers, music, experts, film and television, politics, bloggers, war correspondents, sports, youth propaganda, academia, theater, the Church, army, other.

Most of the people represented in the database are russians, as well as several Belarusian journalists, ORDLO representatives and collaborators from Crimea. They are united by participation in the creation and/or dissemination of russian propaganda.

The database also includes some Ukrainian citizens who currently live in the russian federation and have been collaborators at various points: Illya Kiva, Oleksandr Mashchenko, Dmytro Vidrin. They were included in the database due to their actual residence in the aggressor country and active participation in the shaping of anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western rhetoric.

The largest number of propagandists is in the mass media category (628). These include ordinary TV channel employees, correspondents, and article authors (regular columnists) of propaganda media, top management of media holdings. Among the well-known news presenters (such as Maria Sittel and Vladimir Kondratiev) there are also some new faces. For example, Alexander Smol and his "Antifake" program, which is aimed at spreading russian disinformation under the guise of teaching media literacy. And also Vladimir Tabak, who, despite not being a mass media employee, is the head of the internet communications center which works on establishing a digital dialogue between the citizens of russia and the putin government (for example, organizing a joint project with the Ministry of Digital Affairs on the "correct" presentation of information on the Internet).

The war correspondents category includes such pro-kremlin mass media employees as: Mikhail Tereshchenko (TASS military correspondent), Ivan Konovalov (Rossiya-1 war correspondent), Vitaly Kadchenko (Pervy Kanal war correspondent), Roman Kosarev (RT war correspondent), Maxim Al-Tury ("RT" war correspondent). As well as those who mainly run their own YouTube and Telegram channels: Semen Petrov, Gennadiy Dubovoy, Dmitriy Astrakhan, Yuriy Bukharev.

Among the bloggers included in the database are Anatoliy Shariy, Alexander Zharik (Alexandr Rogers), Artemiy Lebedev, Vyacheslav Manucharov (“Empathia Manucha”), Stanislav Vasiliev (“Oy, Kak Prosto!”) and Alyona Zhigalova (“Alyona, Blin Govorit!”).

The body of evidence was formed on the basis of analyzing: public statements, mass media comments, posts on social media pages, and/or participation in propaganda events (concerts, "round tables", etc.). Inclusion in other similar databases, for example, in "putin's List" or "Myrotvorets," was also considered evidence.

The key markers used to identify the persons included in the database:

  • Evaluation of the russian-Ukrainian war (from February 2014 to the reaction to the full-scale military invasion and the subsequent events).
  • Attitude towards the occupation of Crimea and/or visiting the occupied peninsula, violating the Ukrainian legislation.
  • Attitude towards the Revolution of Dignity, the Ukrainian people, and their right to self-determination.
  • Participation in propaganda events, namely those celebrating the cult of russia's victory in the "Great Patriotic War" (the so-called pobedobesie), glorifying of the "special operation" and the "accession" of Crimea.
  • Spreading various pro-kremlin narratives: unmotivated and unjust russophobia, the ineffectiveness of sanctions, accusations against the collective West and the USA, the civil war in Ukraine, foreign governance in Ukraine, etc.
  • Support for aggressive foreign policy of the russian government.
  • Signing collective addresses in support of the war.
  • Working for russian propaganda media.

The so-called liberal russians (Yulia Latynina, Ksenia Sobchak, Ilya Varlamov, Maxim Katz, etc.) were not included in this database. That is, those public figures who position themselves as oppositionists and condemn certain aggressive actions of the russian federation. A separate database is being formed for them, featuring a detailed analysis of each.

The database has been transferred to the NACP which, at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is currently analyzing which persons the international partners should impose sanctions on because of their actual participation in the organization of the war. More than 30 volunteers participated in the creation of the database, coordinated by Oksana Moroz and Anna Loza.

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