Call for an Investigation of the Ukrainian CCD Hit List | The Schiller  Institute

Just a coincidence, right?

Under Public Law 117-128, the U.S. Congress is funding an organization called Ukrainian Center for Countering Disinformation (CCD), whose professed purpose, according to its website, is to “counter Russian disinformation.” But its real purpose may be to create the equivalent of a “fatwah list” of alleged traitors whom patriotic Americans and/or Ukrainians will feel they have a green light to assassinate.

The fatwa list includes such “traitors” as writers Chris Hedges and Glenn Greenwald, political scientist John Mearsheimer, Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, conservative military analyst Edward Luttwak who was placed on the list for suggesting that referendums should be held in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions concerning their relations to Ukraine, and Henry Kissinger, who is worried about the prospects of a war between the U.S. and Russia.


The profiles of many people targeted under the “hit list” has been posted on a website, Myrotvorets (meaning “peacemaker” in Ukrainian), whose domain name is listed as being in Langley, Virginia, headquarters of the CIA.

Kissinger’s Mirotvorets profile.
Kissinger’s Myrotvorets profile. [Source:]

Established in 2014 following the Maidan coup with assistance from a U.S. army intelligence officer, Joel Harding, Myrotvorets aims to out Russian intelligence service (FSB) agents and Wagner mercenaries alongside pro-Russian propagandists and features gruesome photos of dead Russians. Its welcome message advertises itself as a “CIA project.”

Joel Harding, self-proclaimed “information operations expert.” Photo: Foundation to Battle Injustice
Joel Harding [Source:]
Image of dead Russians on CIA-linked website, Myrotvorets. Above the photos, the website proclaims: “Death to the Russian Fascist Invaders and Occupiers.” [Source:]

Sadly, many on the Myrotvorets enemies list have already been assassinated. When this occurs, the Ukrainian word ЛИКВИДИРОВАН (“LIQUIDATED”) is stamped across their picture in big red letters—as happened when Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli was murdered.

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In an indication of its foul character, Myrotvorets has listed the names of more than 300 children, among them 13-year-old Faina Savenkova who has written on social media about the terror meted out by the Ukrainian Army in eastern Ukraine.

Screen shot of Faina Savenkova’s profile on Mirotvorets.
Faina Savenkova: An Enemy of the Ukrainian State. [Source:]

Craven Acts of Terrorism

The expansion of the Ukrainian government’s assassination campaign—modeled after the CIA-run Phoenix operation in Vietnam—was exemplified with the killing of Sergey Gorenko, the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Prosecutor General, and his deputy, Yekaterina Steglenko, after a Kyiv bomb rocked the headquarters of the Prosecutor General’s office in Luhansk on September 16.


The New York Times earlier reported on Ukrainian commando teams who admitted to planting car bombs targeting pro-Russian police officers and politicians behind Russian lines.

Also on September 16, at least five U.S.-made HIMARS missiles hit the civil administration building in Kherson city in an assassination attempt on Kirill Stremousov, the deputy chair of the military-civilian administration. Ekaterina Gubareva, a government employee who was wounded, (a driver was killed), called the strike a “craven act of terrorism.”[1]

Scott Ritter Speaks Out

Scott Ritter, the former Marine Intelligence Officer who exposed the fraud surrounding the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq, is among those on the CCD’s list of traitors who has been listed as an “enemy of Ukraine” on the Myrotvorets website.

Scott Ritter on death list. [Source:]

On September 7, Ritter participated in a press conference hosted by the Schiller Institute, a German-based economic think tank, where he criticized New York’s congressional delegation for supporting House Resolution 7691, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022, which became Public Law 117-128 on May 21, 2022.

In a July letter to Democrats Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Paul Tonko, Ritter wrote that Public Law 117-128 violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution which asserts that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

Public Law 177-128 abridges freedom of speech and a free press by supporting the Government of Ukraine’s publication of the “blacklist,” which singles out U.S. citizens as “Russian propagandists” for exercising their constitutional rights pertaining to free speech and a free press.

Ex-UN inspector Scott Ritter guilty in sex chat case - BBC News
Scott Ritter [Source:]

At the press conference on September 7, Ritter reiterated his disdain for the fact that U.S. taxpayer funds that are subsidizing the Ukrainian government are “being used to target and intimidate American citizens voicing their constitutional rights to freedom of speech.”

Particularly dangerous, Ritter said, is the use of the label “information terrorist” by the CCD, which “basically gives a green light for critics of government policy to be adjudicated as terrorists,” and could “mean sanctioning the murder of Americans abroad or at home.”

According to Ritter, the threat of Ukrainian state terrorism extending into the U.S. is very real.

There are many Ukrainians living near him in upstate New York, he said, who worship Stepan Bandera, a Ukrainian nationalist and Nazi collaborator in World War II.

According to historian Norman J.W. Goda, Bandera’s lieutenants launched a pogrom that killed 4,000 Lvov Jews in a few days, using weapons ranging from guns to metal poles.

Stepan Bandera monument in Ternopil, Ukraine, 2017. [Source:]

What kind of message does it send, Ritter asked, for the U.S. government to be supporting these groups and to label critics of its policies as “information terrorists”?

“If you think the website is a joke, ask Alexander Dugin who had to attend the funeral of his daughter [Darya Dugina who was killed in a car bomb by terrorists in Moscow on August 23].”


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Darya Dugina is labeled as “liquidated” on the Myrotvorets website. [Source:]
Putin's inner circle fear coup after 'war mastermind' daughter bombed |  Metro News
Russian journalist Darya Dugina, 29, who was also on the Myrotvorets hit lists was killed in a car bomb attack on August 23 in Moscow. [Source:]

Ritter considers himself an American patriot who served his country for years in the military and as a weapons inspector in Iraq.

He recalled being called “Saddam’s shill” and all kinds of other names for reporting the truth about the mythic WMD, and said that if people had absorbed what he said, the war in Iraq could have been avoided and millions of lives saved.

With regard to Ukraine, Ritter said he is again being denounced, this time for making factual statements, such as that a) NATO has bases on Ukrainian soil; b) the war is a proxy conflict between the U.S. and Russia; and c) sanctions have harmed the U.S. and EU countries more than Russia.

Ritter said that he is further being attacked because he undertook a careful forensic analysis of the atrocity in Bucha in March/April, which concluded that it “seemed to have been carried out by forces subordinate to the Ukrainian government.”[2]

The Bucha Ukraine 'Massacre' Looks More Like A False Flag | The Paradise  News

Ritter says that he invites debate and disagreement about his assessments—including from people working at the CCD.

“If people disagree with my facts and conclusions, then debate me—but don’t seek to silence me through intimidation or label me an information terrorist which could potentially mark me for death.”

Geoff Young, Democratic Party Nominee from Kentucky, Also on Hit List

Geoff Young, the Democratic Party nominee in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, is also on the Ukrainian government hit list—though few in his party have stood up for him.

Young says that he is on the list because he has adopted the position that, since 2014, Ukraine has not been a functional democracy.

Rather, it has been largely controlled by the U.S. State Department and CIA and has been shelling innocent civilians in Donetsk and Luhansk, killing more than 10,000 civilians—three times more than were killed in the U.S. on 9/11.

US Congress candidate Geoff Young: Abolish CIA, stop arming Nazis, end drug  war - Multipolarista
Geoff Young [Source:]

Ukraine has further sent well-armed Nazi groups to attack ethnic Russians in acts of ethnic cleansing that have been unreported in U.S. media.

Young says that his inclusion on the hit list is a form of election meddling—they are trying to discredit his name and ruin his chances of unseating Republican Party incumbent Andy Barr, against whom Young is running.

LaRouche Candidate for New York Senate Diane Sare Attacked

Another person on the hit list is Diane Sare, a Burlington, Vermont, native who is challenging Chuck Schumer for his Senate seat in New York in the November midterms.

A former classical musician and choral conductor, Sare is a founder of the Schiller Institute and worked for 32 years with Lyndon LaRouche until his death in 2019.

LaRouche was a controversial figure in U.S. politics who is regarded by some as a cult leader, CIA creation or even fascist.

Many of his ideas were visionary nevertheless, including in his support for U.S.-Russia cooperation and the development of a new world security architecture and economic system that would be more democratic, equitable and prevent future wars.

Sare said at the September 7 press conference that the death list and demonization campaign has been successful in silencing debate over the U.S. arming of a fascist regime in Ukraine—a regime that has banned 13 opposition parties, shut down Russian media, outlawed collective bargaining and threatened anyone who plans to vote to rejoin Russia in referenda being set up in eastern Ukraine.

Sare also said that Payton Gendron, the Buffalo, New York, shooter who shot up Black people in a grocery store earlier this summer, wore logos on his jacket that were similar to ones worn by members of the Azov Battalion.

| Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron wore the black sun insignia used by Ukraines neo Nazi Azov Battalioon | MR Online
Mass murderer Payton Gendron with black sun insignia used by the Azov Battalion. [Source:]

Every American in her view should demand that their elected representatives take a stand and dissociate the U.S. from the Ukrainian government and its neo-Nazi army regiments.

Colonel Black:

The first speaker at the September 7 press conference was Colonel Richard Black, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former State Senator from Virginia, who emphasized like Ritter how the U.S. Congress was attempting to control freedom of speech in the U.S. in violation of the U.S. Constitution by having a foreign entity—the CCD—do it.

Interview with Col. Richard H. Black (ret.) — U.S./Ukraine “Disinformation  Boards” Are “Instruments of Tyranny” | The Schiller Institute
Colonel Richard Black [Source:]

According to Black, the Department of Homeland Security tried earlier in the year to establish a disinformation governance board headed by Nina Jankowicz, a Ukrainian linguist and adviser to former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Her presentation to the public was so extreme and off-putting that the center’s formation was paused—at least for the time being.

Black said that, among those targeted by the CCD, are patriotic Americans with well-informed views on foreign policy like Senator Paul and former Congresswoman Gabbard.

Black said that U.S. policy in Ukraine is disastrously courting the risk of all-out nuclear war. The labeling of dissenters as “information terrorists” potentially exposes them to the death penalty, with many people on the Myrotvorets website having been assassinated.

Though the facts remain speculative, a Rio de Janeiro newspaper reported that the assassination attempt on September 1, 2022 directed against Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner may have even resulted from her refusal to condemn Russia’s special military operation and her calls for peace talks to end the war.

Argentina VP Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's attacker had stash of bullets
Was Cristina Fernández de Kirchner targeted for assassination because of her support for peace in Ukraine and refusal to condemn Russia? [Source:]

The Problem When People Know What Ain’t So

The final speaker at the September 7 press conference, CIA veteran Ray McGovern, a founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), quoted from humorist Will Rogers who said “it isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.”

Among the things Americans claim to know that ain’t so is that Russia is the aggressor in the conflict with Ukraine, and that Russia’s annexation of Crimea was “unprovoked”—which is patently untrue.

Crimeans in fact voted to rejoin Russia right after the U.S.-backed Maidan coup in 2014—which academics like Timothy Snyder of Yale along with mainstream media analysts, McGovern said, continue to deny.

One Yale historian, two NYT bestsellers | YaleNews
Timothy Snyder—a real purveyor of disinformation from the Ivy League who, according to Ray McGovern, helps educated Americans “know what ain’t so.” [Source:]

In 2013, McGovern said, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed in The New York Times after he had backed a deal that prevented U.S. military intervention in Syria in which he expressed his happiness at the increasing trust between the U.S. and Russia.

Putin also wrote that he did not agree with Obama’s speeches about American exceptionalism—which is what made him a target of U.S. regime-change and destabilization efforts in which Ukraine has been used as a proxy.

Earlier this year, former president George W. Bush gave a speech in which he said that one man had “decided to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq—I mean of Ukraine”—and his audience in Texas laughed.


The propaganda in the U.S. has generally become so thick, McGovern said, that people are convinced “they know what ain’t so.” In turn, they end up supporting the deadliest policies—like they did with Iraq and are now doing with Ukraine.

  1. Leaked audio records show Ilya Bondarchuk, a Ukrainian intelligence official who coordinated the assassination program in Crimea and Kherson, trying to pay an assassin who was told to carry out the dirty deed “before everyone’s eyes, so that they see it.”

  2. Ritter has also recently helped expose, through careful investigation, that Ukraine and not Russia was responsible for the attacks around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant—Europe’s largest nuclear power plant—using the cover of an international inspection mission in violation of international law.

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  1. […] The fatwa list includes such “traitors” as writers Chris Hedges and Glenn Greenwald, political scientist John Mearsheimer, Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, conservative military analyst Edward Luttwak who was placed on the list for suggesting that referendums should be held in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions concerning their relations to Ukraine, and Henry Kissinger, who is worried about the prospects of a war between the U.S. and Russia.… […]

  2. Let’s actually be more accurate about Crimea. They balked in 1991 at being part of Ukraine and the compromise was they got an independent parliament. In 2014, they saw a threat to that when the Ukrainian nationalist movement came to power.

    • There was no Independent parliament in Simferopol – it was still owned by Kiev. The only reason Crimea got a fair vote is that the Russians in Sevastopol had a ” man to man” discussion with those Kievian bought Bosses in Simferopol before the vote. I was there.

  3. […] Ook op 16 september troffen ten minste vijf Amerikaanse HIMARS-raketten het gebouw van de civiele administratie in de stad Kherson bij een moordaanslag op Kirill Stremousov, de vice-voorzitter van de militair-burgerlijke administratie. Ekaterina Gubareva, een regeringsmedewerkster die gewond raakte (een chauffeur werd gedood), noemde de aanval een “laffe terroristische daad”[1]. […]

  4. Jeremy, you offer absolutely no proof of the physical location of this website other than the lame claim that it states on the home page that it is based in Langley. The website itself has a US IP address and is on a Cloudflare server, which means that it could be in any data centre in North America. Literally millions of websites worldwide are hosted on US-based clouds, so that proves nothing. The rest of your article concerns itself with the content – which anybody can see. If you had any investigative prowess you would be more interested in the origin of that content. Using publically available tools it is child’s play to determine that the content, although itself also hosted in the USA, is hosted on a subdomain of a domain hosted in Belgium that goes by the URL ‘’. And while other observers have latched onto the ‘nato’ part of the host name, nobody seems to have understood the significance of the ‘cdn’ part. THIS CONTENT IS BEING HOSTED ON SERVERS ASSIGNED TO THE CANADIAN NATO OPERATION IN BRUSSELS.

  5. […] Also on September 16, at least five U.S.-made HIMARS missiles hit the civil administration building in Kherson city in an assassination attempt on Kirill Stremousov, the deputy chair of the military-civilian administration. Ekaterina Gubareva, a government employee who was wounded, (a driver was killed), called the strike a “craven act of terrorism.”[1] […]

  6. That the Myrotvorets hit-list website is potentially CIA backed if not run outright wouldn’t surprise me at all, several of the names on that list whether left or right are staunch critics of the “security state” apparatus many of whom would like to see these institutions either scaled back or abolished altogether. Such vocal opposition from rather high profile personalities calling for the dismantling of the “security state” will not be tolerated, and if that means foreign agents need to be employed to carry out a hit at the CIA’s behest while at the same time the CIA wash their hands of all responsibility by denying any direct involvement and claiming ignorance of the entire affair, then in their eyes I’m sure the silencing of these “dangerous subversives” through such means would not only be convenient but would warrant further action being taken against any and all perceived enemies via similar means.

  7. […] Also on September 16, at least five U.S.-made HIMARS missiles hit the civil administration building in Kherson city in an assassination attempt on Kirill Stremousov, the deputy chair of the military-civilian administration. Ekaterina Gubareva, a government employee who was wounded, (a driver was killed), called the strike a “craven act of terrorism.”[1] […]

  8. Ukraine’s total control of its military operations as well as its entire apparatus of propaganda machinery is in control of Israel-USA killers as usual.

  9. According to a survey published last month by independent pollsters Rosmir, a quarter of Russians have stopped watching state-run channels because they are tired of its propaganda surrounding its invasion of Ukraine.

    The Moscow Times reported that only 65% of Russians are watching state-run stations, a drop from 86% at the beginning of the invasion in February.

    • Well then, so don’t let any of the facts detailed in this article get in the way of your believing such western bastions of accurate, objective ‘news’ reporting on Ukraine such as CNN, Fox, MSNBC, WaPo and the mighty CIA Wurlitzer NY Times.

  10. According to an article in the magazine Unherd

    The three men whose names appeared on the hit list Luttwak, Greenwald and Mearsheimer
    when interviewed by Unherd all said that they were very surprised to see their names on the hit list. All three said that they totally opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and all three are not fans of Putin.. So it is strange that the three names ended up on this list.

    • Chip, your comment is correct with respect to Luttwak, but not correct with respect to Mearsheimer and Greenwald who are long time Putin apologists.

      • by Putin apologists you mean truth tellers. We understand, you vile Nazi trash. How do death lists for children and journalists fit into your world then? You’re a cokehead Zelensky apologist. A Nazi apologist. Scumbag.

      • Gloria – what a loser you are, trotting out the ‘Putin apologist’ meme instead of having any arguments based on facts. But that’s the fashion these days you know: if you point out objective facts which question Washington’s Ukraine narrative–you are immediately attacked as a ‘Putin apologist’. Fact: Washington instigated the 2014 Maidan coup–”You Putin apologist, that’s Russian propaganda!”. Fact: the Ukraine army has killed 14,000 ethnic Ukrainian Russians in Donbass and Luhansk since the 2014 coup, thousands of them civilians and children–”shut up you Putin apologist! Why don’t you go move to Russia!”, wash, rinse repeat, etc, etc.

  11. I’m surprised to see Edward Luttwak on this list, considering how he championed the U.S. invasion of Iraq:
    Edward Luttwak, Globe and Mail, August 2002
    “While the chattering classes continue to ask irrelevant questions about the future of Iraq after a successful war, the issue for Mr. Bush is America’s security, not Iraq’s. And while conventional-minded army officers keep leaking stories to argue that Mr. Hussein cannot be defeated by air power, commandos and rag-tag exiles, but only 265,731 army troops deployed over many months, actual preparations have made much progress.”

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