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'Guardian' Op-Ed Quotes Cryptic Odesa 'Doctor' Seen As Hoax

A screen grab from the Facebook page of "Igor Rozovskiy"
A screen grab from the Facebook page of "Igor Rozovskiy"
A prominent British journalist’s op-ed for "The Guardian" has cited claims of a looming anti-Semitic crackdown in the Ukrainian port city of Odesa that were made on a Facebook page widely believed to be a hoax.

In his commentary piece published on the British newspaper's website, journalist John Pilger quotes an unidentified "doctor" describing the deadly May 2 violence in Odesa that resulted in the deaths of dozens of pro-Russian activists in a fire at the city’s trade-union building.

"‘I was stopped by pro-Ukrainian Nazi radicals. One of them pushed me away rudely, promising that soon me and other Jews of Odessa are going to meet the same fate. What occurred yesterday didn't even take place during the fascist occupation in my town in world war two. I wonder, why the whole world is keeping silent,’" Pilger quotes the doctor as saying in the op-ed published on May 13.

The quote is almost identical to assertions made on the Facebook page of a user purporting to be a 39-year-old doctor from Odesa named Igor Rozovskiy. The claims surged through Russian social-media sites, appearing to buttress ominous Russian warnings of a takeover by fascists in Ukraine.
 
The Facebook post purportedly from Rozovskiy
The Facebook post purportedly from Rozovskiy

English, German, and Bulgarian translations of the purported doctor’s testimony were distributed widely via social media as well.

Less than a day after the Facebook post emerged, however, Internet users raised red flags about the veracity of the claims and the doctor’s identity.

The Facebook page used a photograph of Ruslan Semenov, a dentist based in Ust-Dzheguta, a town in Russia's Karachai-Cherkessia Republic, more than 1,200 kilometers away. Moreover, the page has since been removed.

Jewish leaders in Ukraine have rejected Russian claims of a rise in anti-Semitism in the country since Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February and fled to Russia.

Leading representatives of Ukraine’s Jewish community took out a full-page advertisement in "The New York Times" in March, stating that even the most marginal nationalistic groups in Ukraine "do not dare show anti-Semitism or other xenophobic behavior."

Pilger’s op-ed was the most-viewed article on "The Guardian,'" website over the past 24 hours, according to the newspaper on May 14, and it garnered more than 11,000 Facebook shares and 2,000 tweets.

Neither "The Guardian" nor Pilger responded immediately to emails seeking comment.

-- Luke Johnson
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by: Alexander from: LA
May 14, 2014 23:32
"dozens" lol. You guys don't know the number of deaths yet? Dozens of people died in Holocaust? Is that statement good, for describing Holocaust? This is pathetic. How many died in Maidan? dozens too? Or precise figure? PATHETIC

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 15, 2014 19:13
I already responded to this post!
You placed it again without my comments!
Also the "Jew from Odessa" looks like Adyga-Pechenega. I
Is he Russian cutthroat, veteran of Abkhazia genocide against Georgians?
WOULD RFE/RL DO ANYTHING PLAY JEW-CART ON USA?
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It isn't just RFE/RL propaganda, it is Russian Nazi's armies of death propaganda - GRU-Spetcnaz-KGB and the rest of expanding Varaga-Prussaka evil empire.
It is their stupid language.
(All forums and "you tube" are filed by such a garbage from the dirty mouth of Russian propaganda):
" 'Boeviki' didn't let me save a guy's life and said I and other Odessa Jews would get the same (death).";
"Boeviki" were Russian Special Forces invading Ukraine,
Ukrainians were saving Russian "boeviki" from burning building!
"Because they didn't share political vews of nationalists....
...they were beaten brutally than burn alive";
Russian Spetcnaz, or "boeviki", were killing Ukrainians, finally they chased them back into the building, from which they kept
shooting and throwing grenades and fueled bottles, making fire by accident. Ukrainians tried and saved number of evil Russian spies and Special forces, before fire department arrived.
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West Ukrainians Banderas gave-up and got Amnesty door.
War criminals died in battle. As Stalin under arrest since 47,
Russians in 1949 reversed constitutional transfer to the CIS
And force some former "Banderas" not only snitch, but level
Their "comrades" manipulated propaganda Ukraine "Jupels".

Similar programs of denying freedom to non-Russian nations
Were used in all USSR republics, would be separatists blame
Majority for Russian annexation, blame majority as Nazi game,
Or just unleash treachery and genocide, over Militon Kantaria,
He put flag on Reighstag, he probably didn't hate Jews ....
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I knew Russians since childhood, if one attack and lost,
Be humanely let go, he friendly call you into an ambush
And through boulder. If doesn't work same day his boss
would murder some old Jew at the building for the Russ,
crushing his scull with boulder, bloody "pobeditel' " race?

It looks like Russians did the fire, by scenario not yet known.
"UKRAINIAN UNITY" WAS A PEACE DEMONSTRATION,
FOR ALL UKRAINIAN CITIZENS TO LIVE AND PROSPER.
The police and few strong men came to block two streets,
when Russian invading KGB-GRU-Spetcnaz published
threats and criminal intend. "UNITY" WAS CAREFUL.
When Russia's invaders started to use firearms, shooting
at people, killing at least one and wounding some 100,
IT WAS SURPRIZE - COLLUMNS OF FOOTBAL FANS
JOINED IN AND WERE LESS CAREFUL (not as Liverpool
Manchester fans, thought) - they responded to bullets by
Russian's "Putin-Cheushesku Securitate" by chasing the
attackers. THEY WERE ALSO UKRAINIAN CITIZENS,
BUT LESS POLITICLY CAREFUL.
Some lead them, to avoid anarchy to harmless smashing
of empty tents. (Unlike grabbed in Eastern Ukraine “zimnie kvartiry” for the invaders, one of the main reasons to grab buildings for secret armies of Russia.)

RUSSIAN FORCE WAS STILL SHOOTING FROM THE
BUILDING AND WAS THROUING FUELD BOTTLES,
THAT LEAD TO FIRES.
By the way, it was one outside the Building that through bottle to the entry - it might be someone like Eugenio, making case
for Russians.
STILL, WHEN "UNITED" SAW IT, THEY RUSHED TO SAVE
PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING, THE VERY FLOORS, AND SVED DOZENS.






by: Catherine Fitzpatrick from: New York
May 16, 2014 14:06
A Russian Facebook developer was among the first to spot this hoax reported 4 May:

www.interpretermag.com/russia-this-week-new-us-sanctions-hit-closer-to-putin/#2039

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