Russian propaganda supports the immigrant-rapist myth

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A woman from Syria protests during the demonstration 'Syrian refugees say no to the Cologne assaults!' in Cologne, Germany, 16 January 2016. According to police reports, numerous women were sexually harassed and robbed in the throng in front of Cologne central station on New Year's Eve

What one sees is not always true


Russian media have joined Europe's far-right parties and groups in demonizing immigrants as rapists.

Consider this story:

Evil Muslim migrants rape a 13-year old Russian girl in Berlin, Germany. That was the lead story of Russia’s Channel 1 on January 16th. Apparently, the immigrants abducted the poor girl of Russian origin on January 11th and kept her in an apartment, where she was repeatedly raped. Sensitive to the victim, the story focuses on the victim’s aunt and uncle as witnesses.

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