East StratCom disinformation claim:

The radical right group Right Sector brutally assaulted a group of Kharkiv children for speaking Russian. Young men in balaklavas allegedly attacked a playground in an industrial Kharkiv neighborhood on 14 October. Two victims are cited, 12-year old Danyil and 11- year old Denys, an unidentified elderly woman and 10-year old Ivan allegedly also received a thrashing.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 18. October 2016

Debunk claim:

The story is not confirmed anywhere apart from pro-Kremlin media. Right Sector denied the accusation and condemned the fake story. According to the group’s Kharkiv leadership on October 14 the majority of its members were in Kyiv taking part in a national unity rally. http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-right-radicals-beat-up-kharkiv-children-for-speaking-russian/

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by StopFake in Disinformation Review issue 45. The item is located at row number 21 in the report.

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