Lurid anti-Ukraine propaganda: Russia’s ideologue Dugin allegedly scripts fake baby crucifixion in Sloviansk

Just when it seemed that Russia’s mainstream media couldn’t possibly stoop any lower, propagandists have outdone themselves yet again. On July 12, 2014 Russia’s Channel One ran a horrific story of an alleged baby crucifixion in Ukraine.

The only “witness” to the alleged mind-numbing public execution is Galyna Pyshniak, who was interviewed in Russia. Her breathless story included the following claims: “Center of the city. Lenin square. Our Gorispolkom [City Executive Committee] is the only square where you could herd all the people. They gathered women, because there are no more men. Women, girls, old people. It was called a show execution. They took a child, 3 years old, a little boy. He was wearing little briefs and a T-shirt and they nailed him, like Jesus, to the bulletin board. One of them was nailing him, while two others held him in place. They were holding the mother. Mother watched her child bleeding. There were screams. Shrieking. They also cut the child’s body, so he would suffer more. It was impossible to watch. People were fainting. Later, after an hour and a half the child suffered and died, they took the mother, tied her unconscious body to the tank and dragged her three circles around the square. The diameter of the square is one kilometer.”

{movie}’Crucifixion of a three-year-old boy and execution of his mother, a militiaman’s wife’, report by Russia’s Channel 1 (in Russian)|right|17427{/movie}

There are multiple problems with this “story.” First and foremost, out of the entire town of Sloviansk, there is not a single witness who could corroborate this outlandish horror story, which was seemingly “inspired” by the 4th season of the Game of Thrones, which dealt with public crucifixion of 163 children, says.There is no Lenin Square in Sloviansk (only Lenin Street). There are no bulletin boards on the main square in Sloviansk – October Revolution Square. The depravity of the story, allegedly witnessed by the entire town of Sloviansk, is enough to discount it as pure fiction.

Interestingly enough, none other than Russia’s infamous propagandist Aleksandr Dugin, Russia’s madman ideologue, posted a remarkably similar story on his Facebook page on July 8, 2014. Dugin asked his 16,719 Facebook followers to widely disseminate the story of a child being nailed to the bulletin board in Sloviansk. Was this, perhaps, a script for the story re-enacted on Russia’s Channel One by Galyna Pyshniak? Dugin prefaced his post by reminding everyone of the interview, where he asserted that Ukrainians must be “killed, killed, killed,” asking – “Are you sure they shouldn’t be killed?”

Dugin routinely spreads disinformation about Ukraine and encourages violence. Once his fake postings are exposed (as they were in the article “Russia’s top 80 lies about Ukraine”), Dugin usually removes them. By that time, however, the poison of his malicious propaganda has had the chance to spread all over the internet, via thousands of shares and mentions. In this case, such a fabricated story ended up being prominently featured by Russia’s mainstream media, adding to the list of many fabrications designed to malign Ukraine and its people.

Dugin himself disseminated the notorious Channel One episode on his Facebook page and, quite predictably, blamed the United States.

Three weeks ago the Russian news company REN TV published a story about how the Ukrainian National Guard supposedly obliterated an entire village of 100 people, raping the women, killing all young and old alike. The only problem is that there’s no proof, there’s no witnesses, there’s no photographs, there’s no footage and the only person that they had to testify for this was a representative of the terrorist organisation DNR. Furthermore according to locals the village contained no more than 20 people all of whom were confirmed to be alive after the report was made.

{movie}’Slaughter in Saurovka, Ukraine’ – a propaganda report by Russia’s Ren TV (in Russian)|right|17426{/movie} via Julia Davis,

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