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Twenty-Five Prominent Individuals Denounce Being Targetted as Putin Agents by Ukraine-U.S.-NATO

July 30, 2022 (EIRNS)—The Schiller Institute today released an international joint press release with a declaration condemning the Center for Countering Disinformation, a Ukrainian government agency with direct funding from the U.S. State Department and other U.S. and U.K. government agencies, which published a list of 79 prominent international figures whom they accused of being propagandists for Russia. The first 30 individuals on the target list were speakers from around the world who spoke at one of the Schiller Institute conferences held this year, demonstrating that the Schiller Institute has proven to be the greatest threat to the U.S./U.K./NATO use of Ukraine to falsely justify its economic warfare against Russia, as well as the military proxy war against Russia in Ukraine. The declaration was signed by an initial group of 25, with more signatures expected.

Most of those who were targeted on the hit-list are not aware of the full story behind the despicable targeting by the Nazi-infested puppet regime in Kiev, since no news service other than EIR has reported it, namely: Behind the list itself is the fact that the Center held a forum on July 14, the day the list was released, in which the director of the Center, Andriy Shapovalov, declared the targetted individuals to be “information terrorists” who should expect to be charged as “war criminals.” This can only be considered to be death threats. In addition to the targetting of the founder of the Schiller Institute Helga Zepp-LaRouche, another person on the list is Diane Sare, the LaRouche Independent candidate on the ballot for the U.S. Senate seat from New York against Chuck Schumer, the Majority Leader in the Senate. Schumer has voted for every bill supporting the Kiev regime. As outspoken former Marine intelligence officer and UN weapons inspector in Iraq Scott Ritter has noted, Schumer is funding foreign organizations that are openly lying about and threatening his opponent in the November election—certainly a far more criminal act than the discredited fairy tales Schumer pushed about Russian “interference in the U.S. elections.”

Here is the Schiller Institute press release:

International Press Release

July 30, 2020

Twenty-Five Prominent Individuals Denounce Being Targetted as Putin Agents by Ukraine-U.S.-NATO

The following is a joint statement by the initial signers, listed below, in response to the July 14 posting by the Ukrainian Center for Countering Disinformation accusing 79 prominent individuals from around the world as promoters of “Russian Propaganda.”

Response to the Ukrainian Black-Listing

We, the participants in various conferences of the Schiller Institute, and other individuals named in the Ukrainian list, are accused of promoting “Russian propaganda” on a list posted by the Ukrainian “Center for Countering Disinformation,” which is officially part of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, operating under the authority of the President.

In times of war, publishing such a list is tantamount to targeting individuals. It is all the more unacceptable that the list agglomerates the names of many speakers, representing top institutions from around the globe, with diverse opinions, who are involved in a dialogue, searching to arrive at peace in the interest of all.

To assume that such a wide array of speakers are all “Putin agents” and can’t think for themselves, can only be explained by a belief in conspiracy theories, or as mere vulgar propaganda, or both. The key question is whether the listed speakers are promoting viewpoints consonant with the truth.

Normally, this would be up to an audience to decide. But the U.S./NATO efforts to blacklist those who would offer any “alternative narrative” on Ukraine, until now, remains unchallenged.

So, hats off to Ukraine for providing a handy list of speakers who voice different ideas.

Those interested in finding out the truth will now be better able to compare the official story—the “narrative”—with an uncompromised critique, determine which can bear close scrutiny, and decide for themselves which analysis is closer to the truth.


1) Ray McGovern: (U.S.) Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA-ret.), founding member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

2) Kirk Wiebe: (U.S.) Member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), and a former senior analyst with the National Security Agency. He’s also a partner in the prevention of crimes of the intelligence community with Bill Binney.

3) Sam Pitroda: (U.S./India) Innovator, entrepreneur and policymaker, former advisor to Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

4) Col. Richard H. Black (ret.): (U.S.) Former Marine, former head of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon and former Virginia State Senator

5) Dr. Clifford Kiracofe: (U.S.) Former Senior Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and President, Washington Institute for Peace and Development

6) Geoff Young: (U.S.) Democratic Party nominee for U.S. Congress from Kentucky, CD 6

7) Diane Sare: (U.S.) LaRouche independent candidate for U.S. Senator from New York

8) Caleb Maupin: (U.S.) Founder and Director, Center for Political Innovation

9) Alessia Ruggeri: (Italy) Spokeswoman of the Comitato per la Repubblica, trade unionist

10) Lt. Gen. Leonardo Tricarico (ret.): (Italy) Former Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force

11) Dr. jur. Wolfgang Bittner: (Germany) Author

12) Jan Øberg, PhD: (Sweden) Co-founder and director of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, art photographer, peace and future researcher

13) Jens Jørgen Nielsen: (Denmark) Former Moscow correspondent for the Danish daily newspaper Politiken, author of several books about Russia and Ukraine, a leader of the Russian-Danish Dialogue organization, Associate professor of communication and cultural differences at the Niels Brock Business College in Denmark

14) Prof. Li Xing, PhD: (Denmark) Professor of Development and International Relations in the Department of Politics and Society, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and researcher at the Research Center on Development and International Relations, at Aalborg University in Denmark

15) Ulf Sandmark: (Sweden) Chairman of the Schiller Institute in Sweden

16) Jacques Cheminade: (France) President of Solidarité & Progrès political party in France

17) Dr. George Koo: (U.S.) Retired business consultant specializing in U.S.-China trade, and Chairman, Burlingame Foundation

18) Helga Zepp-LaRouche: (Germany) Founder of the Schiller Institute

19) Jason Ross: (U.S.) Secretary-Treasurer of The LaRouche Organization and Science Adviser to Lyndon LaRouche

20) Harley Schlanger: (U.S.) Former spokesman for Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., spokesman for the Schiller Institute and The LaRouche Organization

21) Earl Rasmussen: (U.S.) Executive Vice President of the Eurasia Center

22) James Jatras: (U.S.) Former diplomat, former advisor to U.S. Senate Republican leadership

23) Pedro Rubio: (Colombia) President of the Association of Officials of the General Accounting Office of the Republic

24) Graham Fuller: (U.S.) Former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, CIA, 25-year CIA operations officer, author of numerous books

25) Nebojsa Malic: (U.S.) Serbian-American, wrote for Antiwar.com for 15 years, and for RT America until it was closed down in March 2022

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