Russian TV interviews dead girl in Kerch news report

Russian TV interviews dead girl in Kerch news report
Photo: Screenshot from the video

When asked as to how the girl who had died in the college got on the show, the host, Olga Skabeeva, advised to not make “snap judgments”.

On October 17, during the 60 Minutes Show on Rossiya 1 TV channel, the presenters talked on the phone with an eyewitness to the attack on the Kerch college. The host, Olga Skabeeva, introduced her as Alina Kerova, a second-year student. Later it turned out that the student with that name was on the list of the dead.

 “Alina is dead. Of course, that’s not her, not her voice. We don’t have anyone else in the college with that name, let alone in the second year. I’d recognize Alina’s voice anywhere,” Viktoria Zhukova, Alina’s classmate, said in an interview with the TV channel Dozhd.

When asked as to how the girl who had died in the college got to be interviewed on the show, the host, Olga Skabeeva, advised not to make “snap judgments” and contact the press service of the channel. The channel said that they would "try to get to the bottom of this" and get in touch "when the situation is clear."

Alina Sergeevna Kerova, born in 2002, was one of the victims of the October 17 shooting, when Vladislav Roslyakov, a student at the Kerch Polytechnic College, opened fire and detonated an explosive at the educational institution. 20 people were killed; the attacker committed suicide in the library. About 50 were hospitalized. The incident was initially treated as a terrorist attack, but eventually, the case was opened under the murder article.

The show hosts also said that Roslyakov was copying the shooting incident at the American Columbine School: there are similarities in the clothes of the murderers, the places where they put the explosives and the way they committed suicide. Meanwhile, state-run media reporters were advised not to refer to Columbine, otherwise, teenagers might “fancy those ideas.” Columbine High School was never mentioned again, neither on TV nor in newspapers.

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