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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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.
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!