Save all the fragile pale women from Russia
Did you know that Russian doctors are required by law to check the "integrity" of each and every young Russian hymen, and then report any signs of sexual activity to the police?

We didn't know either! Until of course we read this brave report published by the Independent:
Doctors in Russia have reportedly been instructed to perform virginity tests on underage girls.

[...]

[H]ealth minister Vladimir Shuldyakov said doctors must follow the order and "inform police about all cases when virginity was lost as well as about cases of pregnancies and abortions involving girls under 16 years old."

The order instructs doctors to check the "integrity of the hymen" and look for signs of damage.
Where to begin?

Well, for starters: Russia's health minister is Veronika Skvortsova. This Vladimir guy is the health minister of Saratov Oblast, which is sort of like being the head health honcho of Tumbleweed, Nebraska.

"Health minister Vladimir Shuldyakov"
Amazingly, even the garbage Daily Mail article cited by the Independent managed to correctly identify Shuldyakov as the health minister of a small region of Russia. But the Independent simply refers to him as " health minister Vladimir Shuldyakov"; Saratov isn't even mentioned in the Independent's report.

Also: Shuldyakov canceled his order three days before the Independent published its hymen horror story:
advertisement Minister of Health of the Saratov region Vladimir Shuldyakov canceled his order, according to which doctors were obliged to inform the police about cases of deprivation of virginity and pregnancy of schoolgirls, the head of the press service of the regional Ministry of Health, Alexander Kolokolov, told RIA Novosti.
Will the Independent correct its story? Or at least "update" it? Of course not.

Friends: We're reaching levels of bullshit that would make William Randolph Hearst blush. And he's the creep who invented the modern "save the young girls from the savages!" tabloid story:

Savage Spaniards! #PrayForCuba
So just to recap: The Independent
  1. Portrayed a provincial official as Russia's top health official
  2. Reported on an "order" that had been canceled three days prior.
What we enjoy most about this hilariously 100 percent false story is that the Independent cited a tabloid—and then somehow managed to make the story even more wrong.

Say what you will, but that requires "skill sets".


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