Politologists, politicians, intellectuals and even journalists. Some of them Western. The new blacklist of Putin’s “propagandists”according to what he reveals Unherddrawn up by the Center for the fight against disinformation, wanted in 2021 by the president Volodymyr Zelensky and led by the former lawyer Polina Lysenkoaffects internationally known personalities, such as the analyst Edward Luttwakthe political scientist considered the father of political realism John Mearsheimer and also the reporter Glenn Greenwaldfounder of The Intercept who made known to the world the revelations of Edward Snowden on the National Security Agency American.
The purpose of the Center is to detect and counter “propaganda” and “destructive disinformation” and prevent the “manipulation of public opinion”. So on July 14 he released a new list of characters that they are “promoting Russian propaganda”. It reads the name of the republican senator Rand Paulby the former Democratic congressman Tulsi Gabbard, in addition to the aforementioned Luttwak, Mearsheimer and Greenwald. It is not clear what the concrete consequences are for these people, nor the criteria used for the evaluations. However, next to each name, the report lists which ones they are “pro-Russia” views that the single subject promotes. For example, Luttwak is found guilty of suggesting the establishment of “Referendum in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”. Mearsheimer, on the other hand, came under observation for stating that “NATO has been in Ukraine since 2014” and that “NATO provoked Putin”.
Edward Luttwak, heard by the online newspaper, firmly refuses to be labeled as a Putin acolyte. “Since February 24, the first day of the war”, he said, he has “incessantly claimed that not only the United States, United Kingdom, Norway and others should send weapons to Ukraine, but also the reluctant trio of France, Germany And Italy“. “I have personally pressured NATO defense ministers” to send more weapons as part of the war effort, “I’m not exactly Putin’s most loyal agent.”
Mearsheimer instead affirmed his innocence by recalling that “when I was a kid, my mother taught me that when others can’t beat your arguments with facts and logic, they defame you. This is what is happening here. I argue that from the evidence in our possession it is clear that Russia invaded Ukraine because the United States and its European allies were determined to make Ukraine a western bulwark on the border with Russiawhat that Fly he saw it as an existential threat. Ukrainians of all beliefs reject my argument and blame instead Vladimir Putin who is said to have been bent on conquering Ukraine and making it part of a larger Russia. But there is no evidence in public records to support this claim, which creates real problems both in Kiev and in the West. So how do they deal with me? The answer, of course, is to label me a Russian propagandist, which I am not ”.
Finally Greenwald branded everything as one “Normal McCarthyist idiocy”: “War advocates in the West and other officials of Western state security agencies have used the same tactics for decades to demonize anyone who questions US and NATO foreign policy. The main among these, which dates back to the beginning of Cold Waris the accusation of spreading ‘Russian propaganda’ or otherwise serving the Kremlin ”.