Pink Floyd co-founder and former bassist Roger Waters has highly controversial views on politics, for which he is often criticized.
It was because of them that the musician was recently forced to cancel two of his concerts in Poland, as his positions on the war in Ukraine led to strongly negative reactions in the country.
Then he made headlines with an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking him to promise that he would not “conquer all of Europe”.
Waters’ latest provocative appearance is related to an interview with The Rolling Stone, where he claims that the rulers in Kyiv have put him on a blacklist of people who should be killed because of their stance on the war.
“Don’t forget I’m blacklisted by the Ukrainian government. They recently killed people and I’m also on their f*cking list… When they kill you, they write ‘liquidated’ on your picture. Well, I’m on one of those f*cking pictures,” Waters says in the interview.
In fact, there really is an officially published list of thousands of names considered enemies of Ukraine. Many people fall into it – from members of the private military company “Wagner” to politicians, journalists and public figures accused of cooperation with the occupation authorities in Donbass.
Of course, the Ukrainian government has rejected accusations that these are names of people to be killed, and officially claims to be providing “information to law enforcement and special services” in the process of countering “propaganda” and “destructive disinformation.” .
According to Waters, however, this is a list of targets for removal prepared by the authorities in Kyiv, and his reasons for thinking so is the presence in it of the daughter of the famous political philosopher Alexander Dugin – Daria Dugina, who was killed in August of this year.
However, the way the musician presents his example makes it more or less unconvincing.
“You remember that young woman Dugina in Paris, although I think they wanted to get to her father. No, it was in Moscow. They wanted to blow up her father-in-law [нейния баща]but they killed her,” claims Waters, who twice misstated important details about the case.
In his interview, the popular musician expressed his opinion that Ukraine and NATO are responsible for starting the war.
“Russia should not have been encouraged to invade Ukraine,” he said, repeating his position, last expressed in August, that President Joe Biden was a war criminal while Russia and China were not to blame.
“Of course, we — when I say we, I’m speaking as a taxpayer in the United States — we are to blame. We are the worst of all by a factor of at least 10. We kill more people. We interfere in the elections of more countries. We, the American empire, we’re doing all this shit,” the former Pink Floyd member points out.
When asked about the commission of war crimes by the Russian army, Waters replied that it was all Western propaganda and “lies, lies, lies.”
In the conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Ball, the musician’s position towards Israel, which is often described as anti-Semitic, is also touched upon.
“I’m not anti-Semitic, absolutely not,” Waters says. “But that doesn’t stop all the asses who want to smear me from claiming I’m anti-Semitic.”
When asked about the definition of anti-Semitism, Waters said it was not even close to that of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which says that criticism of Israel is acceptable, but that saying Israel has no right to exist is anti-Semitic.
“I stand against Israel’s right to exist as an apartheid state,” Waters explains. “To say that Israel has no right to exist as an apartheid state like South Africa or any other country is not anti-Semitism. It is protesting against some of the government’s actions that you disapprove of. It is not disapproval of people who live there, nor to their creed, or to the Jews at all.”
According to him, Israel is a racist colonial project that rules through an apartheid regime.
Waters is currently continuing his US shows on the This Is Not A Drill tour. His plans are in 2023 to start shows in Europe as well, with the first dates in the UK at the end of May.
This will be his farewell tour, with which he will part with active musical activity.