CAUGHT IN THE ACT: GERMAN STATE CHANNEL ACCUSED OF FAKING RUSSIAN SOLDIERS IN UKRAINE
A Russian television channel alleges a German state broadcaster hired actors to show Russian involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict. The scandal centers around a Russian ‘volunteer’ paid by the German company to say he was fighting in Ukraine.
The documentary film, entitled ‘Strongman Putin’ produced by ZDF, suggests many Russians are fighting for the separatists opposed to the Kiev government. However, holes in the channel’s story start to open immediately, such as the Ukrainian flag being visible on the soldier’s uniforms.
However, this was nothing in comparison to the lengths they went to in order to find a hero for their story, the Russia 1 TV channel found out.
“Igor is a volunteer for the separatist fighters, a fact which he is proud of,” the documentary by ZDF says.
The only problem was ‘Igor’ was in fact an unemployed 27-year-old from Kaliningrad, Yury Lobyskin, who had never joined the separatists.