Video of Russian Woman's Assault by Kin Shared With False Communal Claim
The video is from Russia, and both the woman and the man belong to the Muslim community.
A video of a woman, crying inconsolably as she is being repeatedly hit by a man, is being shared to claim that it shows a Muslim woman in the United States of America being beaten by her brother for “wanting to date a non-Muslim guy.”
However, we found that the claim is false. The video is from Krasnodar, Russia, and it shows a Muslim woman from the Crimean gypsy community, who was beaten by her brother for wanting to run away with a Ukrainian man – who was also Muslim – from another family that did not get along with theirs.
The video is being shared with a claim that it shows a Muslim woman in the US being beaten for wanting to date man who was not Muslim.
WHAT WE FOUND
Using InVID, a video verification tool, we divided the video into multiple frames and ran reverse image searches on some of them.
The results found on TinEye led us to an article by Life, a news portal in Russia from 2021.
According to this report, the video shows a “young gypsy woman” in Krasnodar, Russia, being thrashed by her relative because she was trying to run away from home to be with a Ukrainian man.
The article contained a screenshot of a post from an Instagram account ‘@insta.diva.shop’ whose caption referred to the woman as a close friend, hoping that law enforcement would take appropriate action against the assault.
We went through the Instagram account and found that it belongs to a woman named Angelina.
Fact-checking website BOOM got in touch with Angelina who told them that she was a close friend of the girl in the video, confirming that the woman and her boyfriend both belonged to the same religion and are Crimean gypsies by ethnicity.
She also said that the girl's brother assaulted her as she had eloped with the boy "whose family is their enemy." Angelina also confirmed that the video was from Russia and not the US.
Clearly, the video shows a Muslim woman from Russia being assaulted for wanting to date a man that her family did not approve of, and has nothing to do with the couple's religious identities.
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