How the Russian State Media and German Neo-Nazis Spread a Fake “Arabs Raped Girl” Story
On January 11 a 13-year-old Russian-German girl from Berlin, Lisa F. (the full name is known, but I’ll omit it for privacy reasons) disappeared. After calling the police, her parents and relatives began to spread the “missing person” posters on the internet and apparently in the meat world too. The next day the girl returned home and claimed that she had been kidnapped by three men of “Arabic appearance” who spoke practically no German and raped by them for 30 hours.
After a police interrogation the girl confessed that she had made up the story, but the parents insisted that the police coerced her confession for politically correct motives, in order to defend the migrants.
Rumors began to spread in the Russian community in Berlin, some people even claimed to have seen Lisa without nails. Unsurprisingly, the news also spread like fire among the Nazis. The journalist Boris Feldman of the Russian Germany weekly, says that the relatives then contacted the NPD – the German neo-Nazi party.
Indeed, here is the girl’s cousin at an NPD rally:
Viktor Ganin, who examined the family’s online presence, says that their social networks accounts are full of pictures and videos about the refugees, Merkel and “great Putin”.
It was not a surprise then, when the main Russian state channel, “The 1st”, issued a report on the case, in which the relatives took an active part:
The intro to the so-called report begins with the words “The power of the rapists: in Germany children now become the victims of rapist migrants. Wild stories told by our former compatriots.” The report itself begins thus: “And there is now evidence that in Germany migrants have begun to rape underage children.”
It is clear why the Russian state media seized on this story just as it seizes on any real or imagined problem in the West, focusing on the refugee crisis and the like. The message is as simple as “the West is bad”, “the West is not only bad but stupid, look what it brought on itself”, “the West lives worse than us, look at the crowds of gays and rapist migrants there”, “thanks to Putin we have avoided all this!”. No, usually it’s not said explicitly, but everyone gets the message.
Even the comical Russian foreign minister Lavrov weighed in on the case:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov demanded a full explanation from German authorities during his annual address on Tuesday, saying it was clear the 13-year-old didn’t “voluntarily disappear for 30 hours.”
“The information was covered up for a very long time during her disappearance for some reason,” Lavrov said during the press conference in Moscow.
RT (formerly known as Russia Today) is one of the Russian state media outlets that is spreading the Putinist propaganda in the West, so of course it couldn’t go past this story.
One Yasmin F. went around the Nazi Youtube accounts with the video of the NPD rally mentioned above and posted this:
Hello, contacting you from Ruptly TV news agency in Berlin, we’re really interested in using the footage. Please let us know if you’d be interested in selling or distributing the footage by e-mailing: email@example.com. Thank you.
One such comment is here. Another one was under this video but has apparently been deleted since. But I documented it here less than half an hour after its appearance.
And indeed, one of those videos appears at Ruptly’s channel:
Yep, Russia Today is in cahoots with the German neo-Nazis. Is anyone really surprised?
But what about the rape story?
Well, turns out it was a lie after all. The Berlin police’s reaction was succinct: there was no kidnapping and no rape. At first the police didn’t want to give out too many details for the sake of girl’s privacy, but then more information came out.
The medical examination showed no traces of rape. And the police tracked down the girl’s cell phone to the flat of a 19-year-old German man (according to some sources her boyfriend, even though it would be against the law; the actual status is not quite clear). In his flat they found her things and both he and his mother confirmed that she had asked to stay for a night because she apparently had problems at school and a talk with her parents lay ahead. Then she made up the story apparently in order to shield her friend. The police did open a case against two other men of Turkish background who are suspected of having had sexual relations with the girl months before, which is obviously illegal, but that is already another story.
Meanwhile the hate-spreading pseudo-journalist of the 1st Channel, Ivan Blagoy, may face some legal troubles in Germany – the Berlin prosecutor’s office has started an investigation into his “report”. He’s suspected of incitement.
It’s about time Putin’s shills began to actually answer for their actions. Their crude propaganda is already on the level of the blood libel – take the “crucified boy” of Slaviansk, for example. If they are not stopped, this won’t end well.
PS: I have made some corrections as I read the new sources.