Russian Actors Blacklisted for National Security Threats

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.03 - 2024 10:23 AM CET

The Ministry of Culture added Russian actors to the list of persons who pose a threat to national security.

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The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine has expanded its list of individuals deemed a threat to the country's national security. This list now includes Russian actor and director Viktor Babak, alongside actor Kyryl Kuznetsov, both accused of engaging in activities that bolster Russian propaganda efforts against Ukraine.

Amplifying Propaganda

Viktor Babak, known for his roles in both theater and cinema, has reportedly been actively disseminating anti-Ukrainian propaganda through his social media platforms. His participation in a concert celebrating the Day of People's Unity in Russia in 2022 has further spotlighted his involvement in activities perceived as hostile towards Ukrainian sovereignty and peace.

Kyryl Kuznetsov, similarly, has faced scrutiny for his appearance in the Glory to the Defenders of the Fatherland concert in February 2023 and his role in Russian propaganda films, including 20/23, filmed in the Russian-occupied Mariupol.

Cultural Influence as a Security Concern

The inclusion of prominent, influential figures with large audiences, such as Babak and Kuznetsov, in the security threat list points to a broader concern regarding the role of cultural figures in geopolitical conflicts.

The Ukrainian government's action highlights the significant influence that artists and entertainers can have in shaping public opinion and the inherent risks when such influence is perceived as supporting adversarial propaganda efforts.

As of April 3, 2024, the Ukrainian ministry has placed 216 individuals on this list.

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