A media reviewer from Moscow Elena Rykovtseva has debunked the myth of the pregnant Odesa woman in the Trade Unions Building. A photo of a murdered pregnant woman is being actively shared across social media, but the Moscow-based journalist says there was no pregnant woman in the building.
“Five days have gone by since the Odesa tragedy took place, yet I continue to come across references to “a pregnant woman in the Trade Unions Building.” Even those people who interpret the events from, relatively speaking, the “Maidan” side fall for this. And it absolutely bothers no one that there is still no information about a “pregnant woman.” There are no relatives who would somehow speak out over the loss of their daughter (a sister, etc.), who was in such delicate condition; no father of the unborn child, although I understand that not every unborn child has a father who announces himself; no experts who could attest to this particular hair-raising fact. There’s a ton of hair-raising facts in this story, but surely, figuring out something like this would have to take priority! Or – failing to figure out. After all, this is extremely effective in terms of propaganda,” writes the woman on her Facebook page.
“Back on Sunday, I already spoke to chief doctor of one of Odesa’s hospitals that is receiving the wounded. This doctor works day and night. He does not hang out on Facebook . As such, he learned of the existence of “a pregnant woman” only from me, and asked to see her photo. And he immediately said it was clearly an elderly woman who was photographed, for some reason, here in such a pose, likely in order to create the needed effect. But he, of course, called some of his higher medical authorities to find out if there were any pregnant women among the wounded and dead. He got a clear response that, no, there were not.”
A few days later the journalist phoned the doctor again, because she saw the photo still being shared actively.
“Now, as I keep coming across this bloodthirsty link over and again (it’s as if people get some peculiar pleasure when they post it), I go ahead and call this doctor once again, to find out if maybe some information about the deceased pregnant woman has come up by now. He said he checked it with another instance. No, nothing has come up. So, perhaps it’s time to stop reveling in that which was not and to start figuring out that which actually happened?”
Translated by Olena Wawryshyn, edited by Olga Ruda