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Russian prosecutors demand closure of Ukraine’s ‘Peacekeeper’ website

The Peacekeeper website leaked data on Russian citizens, that violates Russia’s law on personal data

MOSCOW, June 10. /TASS/. Russia’s prosecutors have filed a lawsuit with a St. Petersburg court calling to shut down Ukraine’s Mirotvorets (Peacekeeper) website that has leaked data on Russian citizens, an official spokesman for the Prosecutor-General’s Office told TASS on Friday.

Spokesman Alexander Kurennoy said the website contains a list of Russian citizens who allegedly took part in combat actions on Ukraine’s territory. The list includes full information on their phone numbers, photos and details on education and work.

This comes in violation of Russia’s law on personal data, he stressed. The illegal publication of such information without the consent of individuals also violates their rights to privacy.

On May 10, the Kiev-based website leaked information on almost 5,000 journalists from around the world accredited by Donbass who work for TASS, the BBC, Reuters, France Press, CNN, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, AP, newspapers and other mass media outlets. The portal accused the journalists of complicity to terrorist organizations.

The website, a project of Ukrainian MP and advisor to Ukrainian interior minister Anton Gerashchenko, later suspended work amid enormous public outcry. On May 24, the website resumed operation and published a new list of mass media representatives who have received accreditation in the self-proclaimed republics in Donbass.

The list has data on almost 300 journalists, including full information on their residence, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. The majority of these people work for foreign mass media outlets. These are journalists from 59 countries, including Austria, Germany, Georgia, Brazil and Iraq. No Russian journalists have been put on the list this time.