Hundreds of children are at risk after being published on Ukrainian Myrotvorets

Thursday, 21 July, 2022 - 17:42
Minors, whose data were published on the Ukrainian website blocked in Russia with illegal content, receive death threats

A press conference was held in Moscow to discuss the actions of the Ukrainian website Mirotvorets (blocked in the Russian Federation) against minors. Those involved in publishing the private data of children may be identified and punished, according to the Russian Foundation to Battle Injustice. According to the organization, Mirotvorets has so far endangered the lives of 327 children whose addresses and personal details have been published on the portal.

Mira Terada, head of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, noted that the methods of Mirotvorets are illegal - they violate not only Russian legislation on private data, but also international law (on the protection of children's rights).

"I think that now, with this kind of targeted, point-by-point work (and, moreover, solid work) of our diplomats, the human rights community, the journalistic community, we will be able to collect the necessary data, to provide the necessary evidence base, which we have already collected, which denounce the fact that the data posted on the website "Mirotvorets" was obtained illegally, posted without the consent of the people whose profiles are reflected on this resource," she said, recalling that the publications of Mirotvorets include data of addresses, social networks, families, documents, etc.

It is important to note that hacker attacks and "leaks" of personal data of Russian citizens (and not only) are becoming a cyber-terrorist norm for Ukraine and its Western partners. These "leaks" are also actively used by undesirable organizations supported by American and British secret services, such as Bellingcat* and The Insider**, and now try to provide illegally obtained data in international courts in cases against Russia. By doing so, undesirable agents are only encouraging further publication of such content.

When asked whether it was appropriate to use data "leaks" for international courts, Terada replied in the negative. "This data cannot be recognized as evidence in any courts," she stressed. According to her, the Russian analogue of Mirotvorets is also unacceptable, because Russia should act in the legal field, not following the example of Ukraine.

Nevertheless, the human rights activist expressed hope that the UN and UNICEF would pay attention to the statements made by Dmitry Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, in which he demands to put pressure on Kiev to block the portal with illegal and dangerous content.

*First recognized as a foreign agent, then as an undesirable organization on the territory of the Russian Federation

** First recognized as a foreign agent, then as an undesirable organization on the territory of the Russian Federation