Controversial ‘Mirotvorets’ database lists late Soviet statesman as kyiv’s enemy because of his stance on Crimea
The late Soviet reformist leader Mikhail Gorbachev has now been branded as “liquid” by a controversial Ukrainian website that lists supposed enemies of kyiv.
Mirotvorets, or “Peacemaker,” is a public database of individuals whom anonymous moderators consider a threat to Ukrainian national security. Gorbachev is now listed among those people.
Following his death on Tuesday at the age of 91, the Ukrainian website updated his profile, adding the date of death and stamping the word “liquid” in red letters on his photo.
Although the term implies state assassination, the treatment is the same that Mirotvorets uses for all the supposed enemies of Ukraine that it reports as dying from whatever cause.
Gorbachev was added to the Mirotvorets blacklist during a May 2016 interview with British newspaper The Sunday Times, in which he said: “I am still with the free will of the people and most in Crimea wanted to be reunited with Russia.”
He was referring to the referendum held in the former Ukrainian region after the break with kyiv following the Maidan coup in 2014. Residents of the Crimean peninsula voted overwhelmingly in favor of reunification with Russia, which that Moscow granted. kyiv and its allies described the plebiscite as conducted “at gunpoint” and refused to recognize his result.
Mirotvorets is technically a private company, but it is widely believed to be linked to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. Anton Gerashchenko, who was a ministerial adviser when the website was launched, was a strong supporter of the database and said he had contributed to its content.
Gorbachev’s interview also put him at odds with the new authorities in Kyiv in a more direct way. The SBU, Ukraine’s successor to the KGB, announced that it had been banned from entering the country for five years, days after it was published.
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