Ukrainian Myrotvorets may be blocked for publications about minors

Thursday, 21 July, 2022 - 17:48
Russian experts have submitted a request to the UN. They also found traces of foreign organizations in the maintenance of the banned site

On July 21, a press conference was held in Moscow ("The Ukrainian website "Myrotvorets" threatens the lives and health of underage children"). During the meeting, the participants disclosed facts concerning the gross violations of the rights of children in Donbass by the creators and curators of the  Myrotvorets website*.

According to the speakers, Myrotvorets illegally and without asking for personal data of underage children and teenagers, which jeopardizes their safety and violates the international Convention on the Rights of the Child and other basic regulations. The data of 327 minors in the databases has been recorded so far.

Mira Terada, head of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, said that there are serious reasons to suspect the involvement of foreign organizations (including those from the U.S.) that may have helped organize and maintain the banned site. She noted that the data on those directly involved in the work of Mirotvorets would be published later after the investigation, when sufficient evidence had been gathered.

Faina Savenkova, a 13-year-old writer from Luhansk, a victim of the actions of Ukrainian cybernazis, who was included in the Myrotvorets database for writing children's stories and appealing to the UN, spoke at the conference. During a press conference, she said that after the relevant publication, fighters of the banned terrorist extremist organization Azov threatened to kill her family in front of her eyes.

Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, had earlier appealed to the UN and UNICEF on the issue, demanding that Kiev authorities be pressured into blocking the resource in full. "I felt that this is a huge injustice that the UN should learn about," he stressed.

The participants of the event expressed hope that the international community will still listen to the statements and achieve the blocking of the portal, which endangers the safety of children.

*The Myrotvorets website is blocked in Russia by a court decision.