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Collaborator Azarov spreads fake news about russophobic verses to be taught to Ukrainian children

Collaborator Nikola Azarov, on the occasion of the Day of Knowledge, September 1, shared yet another piece of fake information on his X account. He claimed that Ukrainian children would now be taught russophobic poems in schools, specifically one with the line “Ten muscovites walking through Polissia. They ate some mushrooms - and then there were eight…” Despite the actual existence of such a poem, this assertion is a fake, of course.


From the creators of “Tales for the Teacher.” 

On the X platform, collaborator Nikolka Azarov recounted some “tales for followers”, namely that in Ukraine, parents and first-grade children in class B would allegedly learn such russophobic verses.


“First-grade children who don’t even know the alphabet are taught to hate everything and anything Russian. So, what will they have in their heads? It’s hard to imagine. But, we all know what these children will grow up to be – it’s obvious!” says the old man.

While we still need more and more russophobia in our lives, it’s important to clarify that Azirov’s claims are false (Azirov - Ukrainian mockery of Azarov’s surname). Private initiatives can generate many possibilities, but the fore-mentioned poem isn’t part of the official school curriculum.

However, the poem itself does indeed exist. It was written by the poet Roman Samkiv from Rivne and was featured in a collection published in 2009 in Rivne. We cannot divulge the name of this collection due to the risk of potential Facebook censorship. This particular work includes poems written from as early as 2001.

“In this collection, the author reflects on the future of russia after the collapse of the kremlin, offering advice on how to navigate situations “where a friend may be neither friend nor enemy but, rather, a frenemy.” In a quasi-laboratory fashion, the author dissects the psychology, needs, habits, and often bad habits of the lyrical protagonist. He also explains why it’s so good to live in places like Morocco, Mexico, and Mali: “You live there and you know that there are no frenemies around you.” This review of the book was written by journalist Olena Pavlova, dating back to 2016.

Indeed, you can still acquire this collection today; we managed to locate it for sale on OLX, priced at just 50 hryvnias.

Previously, we reported on social media users who shared images with quotations mistakenly attributed to renowned Ukrainian literary figures such as Ivan Franko, Lesia Ukrainka, and Taras Shevchenko. Are they true or false? You can find more answers here.

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Halyna Dolynna
Halyna Dolynna
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