Found tools of torture
Ukrainian police on Tuesday announced after discovering a torture chamber in the formerly Russian-occupied village of Piskai-Radkivsky in the east of the Kharkiv region.
Serhijus Bolvinov, the head of the investigation department of the Kharkiv region of the National Security Service, was probably the first to report on the find of the croup that evening.
“Investigators found a terrible torture chamber in Piskai-Radkivskyi,” he wrote on his Facebook account.
After the liberation of the region, statements about collaborators, crimes committed by the Russian army, and testimonies of local residents are flooding the police. Residents of the mentioned village informed the police that prisoners were kept in the basement of one house – local people, soldiers of anti-terrorist forces and armed forces.
“Neighbors constantly heard screams from there,” claimed S. Bolvinov. “The police certainly know about torture by burying alive and using a gas mask with a smoking rag.”
Also found in the torture chamber were ropes and cables, a transcript of an interrogation of one of the male prisoners, a vibrator and a box of extracted teeth.
The officer released several photos, showing a large plastic box with mostly gold dental crowns, a vibrator, a battered phone and possibly its charger, a gas mask, and some clothing.
Also added 40 sec. duration video, which captures the torture chamber and the aforementioned found evidence.
Photos of the gas mask and dental crowns were shared by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on its Twitter account the same evening. This post received much more attention than S. Bolvinov.
The photos were accompanied by a short comment and a rhetorical question: “Torture chamber in Piskai-Radkivskyi. 2 photos.
A gas mask placed over the head of a victim who was covered with a smoking rag and buried alive. And a box of gold dental crowns. Mini Auschwitz. How many more will we find in occupied Ukraine?”
Pulls out 8 teeth a day
The cited records only mentioned torture by smoke and by burying people alive. The authors of the records refrained from providing more detailed explanations of what the other items could have been used for, whose tooth crowns were put in the box.
True, from the slick comments and the context, it was possible to understand that the crowns of the teeth were peeled off the tortured people.
Information about this find began to spread not only in social networksbut also of Ukraine and other countries in the media. A plastic box full of tortured human tooth crowns was reported by such well-known newspapers as the United Kingdom’s „The Times“ and „Independent“JAV „New York Post“.
It was shared on social networks collage, in which a find in a Ukrainian village is juxtaposed with a tooth, 1945 discovered after the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
It soon became clear that this was not true. Paul Ronzheimer, a journalist from the German newspaper “Bild”, who visited the recently liberated village of Pisk-Radkivski, met with people who confirmed that they had been tortured by Russian soldiers.
But together found outthat the crowns, in which you can even see the remains of teeth, used to belong not to the people tortured or killed by the occupiers, but to the patients of the local dentist.
“These teeth are similar to the teeth in my collection that were stolen here,” Bild quoted a medic identified only as Sergei, who was shown a photo of the box released by the Defense Ministry. – I am the only dentist here. So if they were found here, then they must be mine.”
The 60-year-old doctor speculated that the Russians stole the teeth with the crowns, thinking they were made of real gold, to scare the Ukrainians. Indeed, the crowns are made of stainless steel.”
When asked if the crowns could have been of dead people, the interviewer assured: “My God, no!” They are the people I have treated all these years. I took those teeth out because they were bad.”
Sergeius said that during his 33 years of work, he had removed tens of thousands of teeth, and the ones that were in the box were only a small part of them. “Sometimes I pull out five to eight teeth a day,” said the doctor and showed a couple of handfuls of the same tooth crowns in a plastic container.
After this information became clear, Ukrainian officials announced who will conduct an investigation as a result.
The report that the occupiers pulled out the teeth of the tortured people, and the news that these teeth were probably just patients of the village dentist, became an opportunity for the pro-Russian media to be indignantthat Ukraine is spreading lies.
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