Ukraine puts 3 Indians in ‘Russian Propagandists’ list


Though the criteria for inclusion are unclear, each name in the report lists with the “pro-Russian” tag…reports Asian Lite News

Three Indians — former head of National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) P.S. Raghavan, journalist Saeed Naqvi and telecom inventor Sam Pitroda were placed in the list for allegedly promoting pro-Russian narratives by a Ukrainian government body set up by its President Volodymyr Zelensky.

As per reports, the three individuals were named in a list released on July 14 by the Centre for Countering Disinformation (CCD), a subsidiary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council.

Though the criteria for inclusion are unclear, each name in the report lists with the “pro-Russian” tag.

The CCD, established last year through a Presidential decree and headed by former lawyer Polina Lysenko is aimed to detect and counter “propaganda” and “destructive disinformation” and to prevent the “manipulation of public opinion.”

In the list published in its website, a list of politicians, academics, activists including several high-profile Western intellectuals and politicians who are “promoting Russian propaganda” are included.

Sam Pitroda, popularly known as the Father of India’s Computer and IT Revolution as he helped in bringing computerisation was also an advisor to the Prime Minister during Manmohan Singh’s tenure.

P.S. Raghavan, a retired foreign service officer who had also served as Indian Ambassador to Russia.

Naqvi was accused of disseminating two points; that the Ukraine army’s “success” was an “illusion”, and that the West was “waging a propaganda campaign” against the Russian President.

Meanwhile, Ukraine is preparing to start grain exports through the Black Sea ports this week under the grain deal signed last week in Turkiye, Ukrainian officials said.

Speaking at a media briefing aired on the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry’s Facebook page, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on Monday that the movement of ships from the Black Sea ports is due to start by the end of the current week.

The demining process will be carried out exclusively in the corridor for the passage of cargo ships, and all ship caravans will be accompanied by Ukrainian rescue vessels, Kubrakov added.

Ukrainian Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yurii Vaskov, who also participated in the briefing, said the first grain deliveries will be made from the port of Chornomorsk, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We expect the first shipment to be made this week,” Vaskov added.

Within two weeks, Ukraine also plans to start exporting grain through the ports of Odesa and Pivdenny, he said.

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