Canada to sanction 38 individuals and 16 Russian companies for spreading pro-Kremlin propaganda

A view shows a residential building destroyed by a Russian missile attack, in the midst of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kramatorsk (REUTERS/Vitalii Hnidyi) (Stringer ./)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada has extended this Friday its ‘blacklist‘ with 38 people and 16 Russian companies accused of misinform and spread propaganda close to the Kremlin, in the context of the war in Ukraine.

With this new update, Ottawa has already drawn a total of 1,160 individuals and others 286 for promoting the war in Eastern Europe or disseminating the official version of the Kremlin regarding what in Moscow they define as “special military operation”.

Most of the people sanctioned in this new round are journalists, while news agencies stand out among the companies sanctioned Rossiya Segodnya and RIA Novosti, as well as the SouthFront portal, specialized in military and security information.

Likewise, Ottawa has also sanctioned United World International and Foundation for the Fight Against Repression, “disinformation actors” linked to the founder of the Wagner Group and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yevgeni Prigozhin.

“Canada is taking active steps to fight Russian disinformation as part of its efforts to support Ukraine. Cultural icons and media organizations cannot be allowed to freely take advantage of their status to promote falsehoods and unjustifiable support for Putin’s war.

For her part, the Foreign Minister, Melanie Jolyhas stressed that “Russian disinformation has resulted in the suffering of millions” at the same time that he has accused Putin of trying to “manipulate public opinion.”

(With information from EP)

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