Hall of Shame
Despite the ease with which it is to see that Russia is the aggressor
and sole cause of this shameful invasion of a sovereign country and has
committed horrific war crimes (targeting civilian hospitals, schools,
maternity wards, daycare centers, etc.), and that this simply continues
an oppressive pattern to try to subjugate, or barring subjugation,
extermination, not only of Ukraine but nearly all of it’s smaller
neighbors, some in the Western World have bizarrely supported Russia,
either through words or actions, or both.
The range of shame is broad. Some are merely fringe famous, lost,
conspiracy theorists, like rock turned country musician Aaron Lewis of
the pop-rock band Staind (popular in the early aughts).
Others, are more famous, such as Roger Waters of the famous rock band Pink Floyd.
Of course, there are numerous far-right politicians such as Matt
Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Troy Nehls, and Rand Paul… the list is
long, and almost all are on the right (though it must be pointed out
that right or left, the majority of U.S. elected officials are
supportive of Ukraine)
And then there are companies like Hugo Boss, who are still doing business in Russia, content with making blood money.
But there are others, Ukrainian-Americans, like NYC Council Member
Inna Vernikov, who may be the worst of all. Pretending to support her
ancestral homeland and fighting for its very existence, while
simultaneously aggressively putting forth propaganda and disinformation
emanating from the far right that keeps support for Ukraine from the
United States being bi-partisan (and famously brandishing a gun at a
Pro-Palestinian rally in NYC).
What motivates these folks? I’m not sure. Some, such as Aaron Lewis,
are so far down conspiracy rabbit holes that they can no longer discern
right from wrong, truth from fiction, etc. Propaganda, after all, preys
on the fragile minds most.
Others, such as far-right politicians, are simply doing what too many
(but certainly not all) in politics do, seeking more power, regardless
of the cost. They likely never had much of a moral compass to begin
And then there is also greed. That is where Hugo Boss and companies still operating in Russia come in.
In the end, it’s a dangerous cocktail of arrogance and ignorance,
much like the Ukrainian government observed of Elon Musk after he once
again tweeted out some ignorant point of view from his ivory tower on
But for the shameful folks that we all interact with daily, we may
never know what motivates everyday Americans to fall in line behind
Putin’s attempt to hijack democracy worldwide. I do know there is a fair
amount of ignorance as well as entitlement involved (it’s easy to
glibly pontificate about another country’s fight for freedom when you
feel safe and secure in a freedom you neither deserve nor earned).
This is one reason this site exists: to offer people ways to learn
about Russia’s history of attempting to subjugate Ukraine and other
parts of the world with their cynical ideology. And hopefully better
understand the risk it entails for even a country like the United
States, whose democracy has been teetering since Russia’s infamous 2016
The Hall of Shame Page’s mission is to call out those destined to be
on the wrong side of history and document their atrocities for all to
We will report if they apologize or see the errors in their way.
If you know someone who should be in this Hall of Shame, let us know who and why. Sadly, it’s a long list and getting longer.