Open statement to the international community and intergovernmental organisations

March 29, 2022

From the civil society, media organisations and associations, and media outlets

of Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia

On taking urgent and necessary measures to restore international law and order and overcome the consequences of the international security catastrophe caused by the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

On February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation launched a large-scale invasion into sovereign and independent Ukraine in violation of the imperative norms of international law. This invasion was a continuation of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine that started in March 2014 with the annexation of Crimea and the subsequent occupation of part of the eastern territories of Ukraine. There is currently a large-scale international armed conflict in the heart of Europe, in which Russia is resorting to war crimes as a deliberately chosen strategy of terror against civilians. It is clear that this conflict has posed the greatest threat to world peace since World War II and could lead to the complete destruction of international law and order and the world’s entry into an era of “war of all against all.” This catastrophe became possible due to laziness, cowardice, and conformism of international institutions and organisations that have failed to effectively defend the principles of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights. It also became possible because by relying confidently on the international standards and norms developed after World War II, we did not pay attention to the fact that the all-encompassing technological “disruption” of recent years could require a substantial revision and/or adaptation of at least some of these standards.

Recognizing the high level of threat to the region and to the world while at the same time being confident that the greatest crises create unique opportunities for large-scale reforms and positive change, we call on the international community and competent international organisations to:

І. Demonstrate genuine commitment to the spirit of international law and the necessary political will to expel the Russian Federation from the UN Security Council. A country that has repeatedly violated the fundamental principles of the United Nations has no legal or moral right to be a permanent member of one of its key bodies.

ІІ. Recognize that the UN’s structure and certain operational procedures (above all, the rules of the work of the UN Security Council) were based on the political realities of the end of World War II and are neo-colonial and unjust by their nature. They have long been unable to uphold international law and order. For this reason, it is necessary to immediately begin the review process of the basic mechanisms of the UN with the aim of substantially reforming them to effectively ensure the preservation of peace.

ІІІ. Ensure that the Russian Federation is brought to justice for the international crimes committed against Ukraine, including the crime of aggression and war crimes. Should it be impossible to engage the International Criminal Court effectively, it is necessary to establish a special international tribunal to investigate and punish the crimes committed by Russian officials and military personnel against Ukraine.

IV. Given that Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine incorporates a significant information component, the aforementioned international tribunal must consider holding liable a number of Russian media figures who deliberately, systematically, and massively developed and implemented aggressive information operations to spread disinformation, incitement to hatred, propaganda for and justification of Russian aggression against Ukraine. A provisional list of persons to be brought to justice is proposed in Annex 1 to this Statement. A non-exhaustive list of verified sources and reports with examples and evidence of such aggressive information operations is provided in Annex 2 to this Statement.

V. Recognize that freedom of expression and freedom of the media should in no way extend to aggressive information operations that are funded, controlled, and/or otherwise supported by countries with unlawful intent. Immediately begin the process of international consultations involving representatives of civil society, academia, and the media to develop a legal framework to limit and counter aggressive information operations at the global and regional levels. Numerous testimonies from Russian prisoners of war in Ukraine clearly demonstrate how aggressive information operations lead to actual armed conflicts. For the sake of protection of peace, this practice must be eradicated.

VI. Recognize that information aggression is not merely a supporting factor in modern conflicts but rather a powerful main component of them. Immediately begin the process of international consultations to develop an updated definition of aggression for the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to include aggressive information operations.

Being aware of the complexity of these demands, we are nevertheless convinced that their successful implementation is possible and necessary to preserve the civilizational achievements of humanity and overcome the global security crisis.

With respect and readiness to cooperate in achieving the objectives set out in this statement, 


  1. Independent Media Council, Ukraine
  2. Detector Media, Ukraine
  3. Institute of Mass Information, Ukraine
  4. Centre for Civil Liberties, Ukraine
  5. Internews Ukraine, Ukraine
  6. Regional Press Development Institute, Ukraine
  7. Suspilnist Foundation, Ukraine
  8. Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law, Ukraine 
  9. Human Rights Centre ZMINA, Ukraine 
  10. Commission on Journalistic Ethics, Ukraine 
  11. StopFake, Ukraine
  12. Digital Security Lab, Ukraine
  13. Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy, Ukraine
  14. Human Rights Platform, Ukraine
  15. Ukrainian Media and Communication Institute, Ukraine
  16. Consortium of the veteran organisation of the east, Ukraine
  17. Ukrainian association of media psychologist and media educators, Ukraine
  18. The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, Ukraine
  19. Political psychologist association of Ukraine, Ukraine
  20. National media association, Ukraine 
  21. European Values Center for Security Policy, Czech Republic 
  22. Legal Media-Centre, Kazakhstan
  23., Kazakhstan 
  24. Tilshi, Kazakhstan 
  25. New Generation of Human Rights Defenders Coalition, Kazakhstan
  26. ProTenge, Kazakhstan 
  27. Abzhan news, Kazakhstan 
  28. MediaNet International Journalism Centre, Kazakhstan 
  29., Kazakhstan 
  30. Youtube channel “Just journalism”, Kazakhstan 
  31. Association of Independent Press (API), Moldova
  32. Centre for Investigative Journalism, Moldova
  33. Media–Guard Association, Мoldova
  34. Media Alternativa, TV8, Moldova 
  35. Sud-Est Media AO (, Moldova
  36. Centrul PAS AO (, Moldova
  37. Jurnal TV, Moldova
  38. Committee for Freedom of the Press, Moldova
  39. A.O. „Media & Human Rights”, Moldova 
  40. Independent Journalism Centre, Moldova  
  41.  Interact Media,, Moldova
  42. Association of Electronic Press, Moldova
  43., Moldova
  44. Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), Belarus 
  45. Solidarity Fund BYSOL, Belarus
  46. Georgian Alliance of Regional Broadcasters, Georgia
  47. Journalism Resource Centre, Georgia
  48. TOK TV-Georgia, Georgia
  49. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Georgia 
  50. Liberal Academy Tbilisi, Georgia 
  51. The Greens Movement of Georgia, Georgia
  52. The Association of Business Consulting Organisations of Georgia, Georgia
  53. Imereti Union of Science – “SPECTRI”, Georgia
  54. Research-Intellectual Club “Dialogue of Generations”, Georgia 
  55. Samtskhe-Javakheti Regional Association “Toleranti”, Georgia 
  56. Georgian Trade Union Confederation, Georgia 
  57. Association “Peaceful and Business Caucasus”, Georgia 
  58. Association “Merkuri”, Georgia 
  59. Black Sea Ecologist Union, Georgia 
  60. Georgian Institute of Politics, Georgia 
  61. Gori Information Centre, Georgia 
  62. Energy Efficiency Foundation, Georgia 
  63. Georgian Civil Development Association, Georgia 
  64. New Generation For Democratic, Georgia 

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Annex 1. Provisional list of persons to be held accountable for systematic, deliberate, and large-scale development and implementation of aggressive information operations to spread disinformation, incitement to hatred, propaganda, and justification of Russian aggression against Ukraine

  1. Dmitry Kiseliov, deputy director general at VGTRK
  2. Olga Skabeeva, host of a talk show “60 Minutes”
  3. Yevgeny Popov, host of a talk show “60 Minutes”
  4. Roman Balayan
  5. Zakhar Prilepin
  6. Anton Krasovsky
  7. Arkady Mamontov
  8. Margarita Simonyan
  9. Tigran Keosayan
  10. Vladimir Solovyov
  11. Alexey Nikolov, Managing Director RT
  12. Anton Anisimov, chief editor Sputnik
  13. Andrey Blagodyrenko, chief of and Baltnews
  14. Dinara Toktosunova, Ruptly CEO
  15. Andrey Norkin, NTV
  16. Artyom Sheinin (Perviy Kanal)
  17. Anatoliy Kuzichev (Perviy Kanal)
  18. Olesya Loseva (Perviy Kanal)
  19. Irada Zeynalova (NTV)
  20. Roman Babayan (TV Center)
  21. Alexander Kots (Komsomolskaya Pravda)
  22. Andrey Kondrashov (VGTRK)
  23. Kirill Kleymyonov (Perviy Kanal)
  24. Arkady Mamontov(VGTRK)
  25. Dmitry Steshin (Komsomolskaya Pravda)
  26. Vladimir Kornilov (RIA)
  27. Vitaly Tretyakov (Higher school of TV, MGU)
  28. Oleg Lurie
  29. Nikolay Starikov
  30. Anna Shafran (Vesti FM)
  31. Andrey Ilnitsky
  32. Dmitry Kulikov (Perviy Kanal)
  33. Armen Gasparyan
  34. Oksana Boyko (RT)
  35. Inna Afinogenova(RT)
  36. Murad Gazdiev (RT)
  37. Igor Zhdanov (RT)
  38. Mikhail Rostovsky (RT)
  39. Maksim Sokolov (RT)
  40. Valentin Gorshenin (RT)
  41. Maksim Al Turi (RT)
  42. Xenia Fedorova (RT France)
  43.  Maksim Dodonov (TV Zvezda)
  44. Maria Finoshina (RT)


Annex 2. Provisional list of verified sources and reports with examples and evidence of Russia’s aggressive information operations against Ukraine

1. Data base, monitoring and reports of EUvsDisinfo, the flagship project of the European External Action Service’s East StratCom Task Force (2015-2022) <[]=77547&date=&per_page=> 

2. #DisinfoChronicle.Kremlin disinformation about the military offensive in Ukraine, ongoing monitoring by Detector.Media as of 25 February 2022 and for the period of the international armed conflict <>   

3. Ongoing monitoring and reports of StopFake initiative (2014-till present) <> 

4. Ongoing monitoring, reports and newsletters of the European Values Center for Security Policy <> 

5. European Commission, ‘A multi-dimensional approach to disinformation. Report of the independent High-Level Group on fake news and online disinformation’ (Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2018) <>

6. NGO Internews Ukraine, Analytical publication ‘Words and Wars: Ukraine facing Kremlin propaganda’ (KIC 2017) <>

7. de Jong S, Sweijs T, Kertysova K, Bos R, Inside the Kremlin House of Mirrors (The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies 2017) <>

8. Dutsyk D, Shutov R, Burkovskyi P, Chernenko S, Counteraction to Russian Information Aggression: Joint Action to Protect Democracy (Telekritika 2015) <>

9. Janda J, Víchová V, Richter M, Sharibzhanov I, Fišer J, ‘How do the EU28 perceive and react to the threat of hostile influence and disinformation operations by the Russian Federation and its proxies?’ (European Values, 2017) <> 

10. Kruk K, ‘Analyzing the Ground Zero. What Western Countries Can Learn from Ukrainian Experience of Combating Russian Disinformation’ (European Values, 2017) <> 

11. Pomerantsev P, Weiss M, The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money (The Institute of Modern Russia 2014) <>

12. Splidsboel Hansen F, Russian Hybrid Warfare: A Study of Disinformation (DIIS 2017) <>

13. Fact vs. Fiction: Russian Disinformation on Ukraine (Factsheet) (US Department of State, 2022) <>

14. Umland A, ‘The dangers of echoing Russian disinformation on Ukraine’ (Atlantic Council, 2021) <>

15. Nicholson K, ‘There’s a flood of disinformation about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here’s who’s sorting it out’ (CBC News, 2022) <>

16. Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group, ‘Fear, Lies, and Discredit. Overview of the Main Areas of Russian Disinformation in the First Half of 2021’ (Ukraine Crisis Media Center, 2021) <>

17. Moore C, ‘Russian and Disinformation: the case of Ukraine’ (CREST, 2019) <>

18. Holroyd M, ‘Debunking the most viral misinformation about Russia’s war in Ukraine’ (, 2022) <>