Roger Waters
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Roger Waters
Pink Floyd's grundlægger Roger Waters har fundet sig selv sortlistet og tilføjet den Ukrainske database over fjender af nationen efter en udtalelse til russiske medier om Krim og konflikten i Ukraine.

Waters, 74, der er i færd med at afslutte sin US+ Them European tour med koncerter i St. Petersborg og Moskva i denne uge., talte med adskillige russiske medier om både musik og hans politiske aktivisme. Rockmusikeren har været en udtalt talsmand for den palæstinensiske sag og en kritiker af de vestligt støttede oprører i Syrien.

Mandag optrådte hans navn imidlertid på "skærsilds" databasen hos Mirotvorets (Peacmaker); en liste der administreret af folk med forbindelse til Ukraines sikkerheds og efterretningsvæsen og som indeholder navne på statens påståede fjender.


roger waters blacklisted ukraine

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The site says "criminal" Waters is responsible of "anti-Ukrainian propaganda, attacks on the territorial integrity of Ukraine [and] participation in attempts to legalize the Russian annexation of Crimea."

As proof, the site lists links to two interviews Waters gave to Russian media outlets RIA and Izvestiya, and quotes specifically a statement about the city of Sevastopol being Russian and important to Russians.

Waters called "laughable" the idea of blaming Russia for the conflict in Ukraine and said the blame rests with Victoria Nuland, the senior State Department official for Europe and Eurasia during the Obama administration. Nuland was famously taped plotting regime change in Kiev with the US ambassador to Ukraine, in very graphic terms, just days before it actually happened in February 2014.

Waters also expressed concern about the US leadership, which he said does not seem to recognize any agreements and does whatever it wants. Such a policy will eventually get everyone killed, the rock star told Izvestiya, in an interview published Monday.

'Peacemaker' has been blacklisting anyone who so much as visits Crimea, or says a kind word about Russia, such as boxer Roy Jones Jr. in 2016. They have infamously published personal information on thousands of journalists working in the Donbass conflict area.

After the 2014 coup in Kiev, residents of Crimea rejected the new government in Kiev and voted to rejoin Russia. Two regions in Eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Lugansk, likewise refused to recognize the new authorities, and have resisted attempts to subjugate them by force.

Waters co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd in 1965 with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist, singer, and songwriter Syd Barrett.