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Russian media lies: prostitution and the Ukrainian National Guard

Russian media lies: prostitution and the Ukrainian National Guard
Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Russian media claim Ukrainian women are offering themselves to National Guardsmen for ten hryvnia (approx. $0,75), saying that in Ukraine sex services with a patriotic theme are a new trend, and that the Ukrainian government is allegedly pondering over legalizing prostitution. 

Russian NTV channel made a report titled Kyiv wants to legalize prostitution as a solution to economic collapse. The report talks about so-called sex tours with a patriotic theme and that prostitution in general is tied with integration into Europe.

The report begins with a statement that sex services are being provided for National Guardsmen. “Sex services with a patriotic theme is the latest fashion in Ukraine. On internet auctions, young women offer themselves to National Guard fighters. The minimum bid is 10 hryvnia. Dates are offered to those who pay more. New girls who are willing to give themselves to the soldiers emerge on the website,” Russian NTV journalists report the startling ‘discovery.’

The report offers screenshots taken from a group, Charity auction for dates for ATO fighters. However, the authors of the clip forgot to mention that there is no talk of intimate services on these auctions, just like the fact that the money collected through the auction will be given to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Russian journalists received a response to their report on the page of the charity auction’s organizer, Kseniya Pasichnyk. She says that everyone who helps with the creation of this auction woke up famous today, all thanks to NTV.

“Our auction works in such a way that people can offer dates, and as opposed to what was said on NTV, they do not offer sex, and this is not for ATO fighters; people agree between each other for a date for a certain amount of money, and the bids are raised for the dates like at a classical auction. All the money we collect we send to the ATO zone,” she tells Radio Liberty.

Kseniya says she has been involved in charity for several years. First she helped children, then sick people, and now the fighters in the ATO zone.

Kseniya noted on her page: “We will translate the rules of the auction into Russian in the nearest future, to make their provocations even more foolish. We have drawn the conclusion that if Russian media lie about us, then we are definitely doing something good!”

As to the title of the reports, which says that the Ukrainian government is seriously thinking about legalizing prostitution in the country to “save the economy”: the journalists do not offer any examples of statements from the Ukrainian government or official documents.

Another fact offered in the report are flyers which were translated into Ukrainian for the sex workers in the Czech Republic. A quote from the report: “There are so many Ukrainian prostitutes in the Czech Republic now that they were even issued a brochure in Ukrainian with pictures which say, ‘check up’ and ‘use protection’.” However, even here the facts were twisted. This brochure was published in several languages: Czech, English, Russian and Ukrainian, reports Ukrainian channel 1+1. To wit, this report was made on March 13, 2013. Therefore the attempt to tie this fact with the new government and the events in Euromaidan were not successful.

Besides, NTV journalists contradict themselves. The report tells the tale of Anastasiya Grishay, a.k.a. porn actress Wiska. In 2010 criminal charges were drawn up against Anastasiya for publicizing pornography. She told the NTV journalists that she had been forced to leave Ukraine. The woman now lives in the Czech Republic. However, later the report says: “They keep saying to Ukrainians that they can come here, as there are many job possibilities, but when they do come, nobody wants them here, as there is economic crisis and unemployment.”

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
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