Child's Crucifixion Appears to Have Been a Lie
No evidence for Russian state TV story: opposition leaders
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 15, 2014 1:40 PM CDT
Ukrainian government soldiers drive atop an armored vehicle with a Ukrainian national flag outside the city of Siversk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

(Newser) – Viewers of Russian state TV recently learned about a 3-year-old boy nailed to a board by Ukrainian officials in front of his mother; it was "just like Jesus," the report said. Afterward, the mother, who was said to have committed a crime, was reportedly dragged around a central square in Slovyansk behind a tank. It's a story that would shock any viewer, but the thing is: There's no indication that it actually happened, Russian opposition leaders say, per the Daily Beast. They suggest the story was made up to stir anti-Ukraine sentiment.

Russia's most popular TV station cited just one witness, and opposition figure Boris Nemtsov is calling the story "dangerously false." A Wall Street Journal reporter did some investigating of his own: "I spoke with dozens of people, but strangely, none of them mentioned anything about the crucifixion of a 3-year-old boy," Alan Cullison noted, according to the Moscow Times. A Russian journalist's video comes to a similar conclusion, the Times reports. But "on seeing the horrors of such inhuman torture, an ordinary viewer would have only one intention: to join the volunteer forces and ‘seek revenge against the Ukrainian fascists,'" Nemtsov posted on Facebook.

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roninxian
Jul 15, 2014 7:22 PM CDT
Putin will stop at nothing. He comes up with facts as well as North Korean Kim does. Wonder if Putin has found any stray unicorns yet.
WE
Jul 15, 2014 4:48 PM CDT
Russia put out false propaganda??! Couldn't be! May they both enjoy the bloodshed they created.
Leo August
Jul 15, 2014 3:29 PM CDT
Apparently even terrorists and Islamic extremists have limits. Shoot a little girl in the head? No problem, but crucify a child? No sir!