Russian MFA demands Ukraine's Myrotvorets website be shut down
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation demands that the website of Ukraine's Myrotvorets (Peacekeeper) Center be closed down after it has published data on foreign "observers" in the "Russian presidential elections" in occupied Crimea.
"We've noticed that personal data of independent foreign monitors who attended presidential elections in Crimea were included in the database of the Myrotvorets website, whose server is based in the United States. On March 18, the names of observers from Spain, Italy, Sweden and Cyprus emerged on the site," Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Artem Kozhin told a briefing on Friday, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.
At the same time, he said personal data of other foreigners from Finland, Norway, who had previously visited the peninsula, had been added to the Myrotvorets database before March 18.
Read alsoCEO of Rustavi 2 gets to Ukrainian Myrotvorets' stoplist for "Poroshenko's letter to FSB"Kozhin said the UN human rights organizations had already paid attention to violations by Myrotvorets of "the right to privacy and presumption of innocence, as well as recommended that Kyiv make efforts to close down this server".
According to him, Ukraine's reluctance to investigate the website's operations violates its obligations within the Council of Europe, and the number of published personal data files is increasing daily, including that of citizens from the EU.
Read alsoRada resolution: "Putin's election" in occupied Crimea illegitimateMyrotvorets, which was launched in 2014, places Ukrainian citizens and foreigners in its database if their activities are regarded as a threat to Ukraine's sovereignty.