On January 11, 2016, the parents of Lisa F., a 13-year-old Russian-German girl, told the Berlin police that their daughter had disappeared. Thirty hours later, she came home with a horrific account of her absence: after being lured into a car by a “foreign man, who looked like he was from the Middle East,” she was held captive in an apartment and raped repeatedly by three foreign men over the course of an entire day and night.
Soon Lisa F.’s relatives would claim that the police insinuated that the girl had slept with the men voluntarily. The Russian-German community took to the streets in protest, carrying signs saying “We’re against the refugees” and “Lisa, we’re with you.” Even Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov got involved in the story of the girl he called “our Lisa,” accusing Germany of “covering up reality in a politically correct manner for the sake of domestic politics.”
By month's end, the entire case had unravelled. Lisa admitted that she had not been rapded but had spent the night with a friend (a 19-year-old man who apparently did not have sex with her), because she was afraid of telling her parents about some trouble at school. Subsequently, Lisa underwent treatment in a psychiatric ward.
Everything about this story is horrible, including its falsification: while the Russian and Russophone media were only to happy to believe the story of a rape committed by dark-skinned men (a phenomenon that should be familiar to Americans, whose historical record in this regard is atrocious), the general tendency in Russia (as in so much of the world) is to doubt women’s rape claims. (See, for example, the various reactions to the rape charges against a teacher at Moscow's prestigious School # 57). Just as the Tawana Brawley and Duke lacrosse undermine the cases of actual rape survivors, Lisa F.'s tale does women no favors.
Or it wouldn’t, if her story’s debunking had been treated as news. On February 1, just days after Lisa’s confession, her mother was on TV repeating the initial allegations. More important, the Russian media treated the outcome of the Lisa F. case with skepticism before dropping it altogether.
Rape and Migration
Lisa F. is clearly a troubled girl, but her story’s impact is not about her lived experience (or even the falsification of her lived experience). Naming “Arabs” as her rapists may well have been more a matter of cultural reflex than of intentional xenophobia. Like Susan Smith, the woman who drowned her sons in 1994 after first claiming that they had disappeared when her car was stolen by a black man, Lisa F. concocted a story that fit what her audience was ready to believe. After all, her disappearance occurred only weeks after the notorious wave of sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve, in which most of the suspects were not of German origin.
But if Lisa F. was ever in control of her own story, she lost that authority once the Russian media got involved. On January 6, the Saturday edition of Channel One’s “Vremia” broadcast a ten-minute report on Lisa. After presenting Lisa’s tale, the reporters moved to an odd video allegedly uploaded by Anonymous, showing a group of young migrant men bragging to each other about the gang rapes they’ve committed. Meduza subsequently reported that the video was not, in fact, the product of Anonymous, but of a German pseudo-Anonymous collective specializing in Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Moreover, the video had been on line for close to seven years, rendering any connection to Lisa’s case highly dubious.
At the risk of sounding heartless, I would point out that women and girls throughout the world are raped every day. The elevation of Lisa’s case was an obvious political move, one that looks calculated to incite hostility and perhaps even violence against migrants. Moreover, the fact that Russian speakers in Germany, as elsewhere in Europe, watch Channel One means that the network was creating something of a feedback loop: further angering an already riled community of Russian speakers and then reporting on their outrage back home (and back to the diaspora community yet again). But setting aside the fact that Lisa speaks Russian, what could possibly be the benefit in playing up this case (to the point where Meduza among others compared it to the notorious case of the “crucified boy” in Ukraine, which will be discussed in a later chapter)?
Just as Channel One has two audiences (domestic and diaspora), the Russian media’s coverage of migration in Europe has a dual agenda. First, the Russian Federation has its own problems surrounding migration; applying the lessons of Europe to Russia is a simple matter.
But it is the second goal that fits the overall shift in Russia’s coverage of Western Europe. Gayropa, after all, isn’t just about gays anymore; it is an effete, dying civilization whose idiotic liberalism makes it vulnerable to rapacious outside forces. REN TV’s Igor Prokopenko, host of Voennaia taina (Military Secrets) and Territoriia zabluzhdenii (Fallacy Territory) has been playing up the dangers of migrants in Europe for over a year now. On October 12, 2015, Voennaia taina (Episode 729) featured an extended report on violent attacks by migrants.
The entire story is stunning in its undisguised Orientalism, not to mention racism: we are told that the “Eastern mentality” is such that the only way to resolve conflicts is by beating people up. But Europe, which is wallowing in multiculturalism and tolerance, cannot defend itself against migrant assault. Tolerance, one “expert” tells us, is a “terrible evil.” Prokopenko ends his report with a diagnosis: Europe is dying out, and so it needs migrants to maintain the population. They could just have “more White Christian European babies,” but instead they have chosen a more dangerous path.
The February 2, 2016 broadcast of Territoriia zabluzhdenii is even more appalling. Men from Arab countries are natural rapists who assume that “European girls” are “sluts.” What these “girls” need is for their men to defend them, but the men are so effeminate (cue footage of spas that cater exclusively to a male clientele) that many European women are looking to ISIS for a strong male shoulder to lean on. After all, how can they expect to find male “brutality” (“brutal’nost’”—apparently a positive word in Prokopenko’s lexicon) when every other bar is covered in gay rainbows? And perhaps, Prokopenko tells us, the European women who put on hijab and marry jihadists are on to something: perhaps the only way traditional values will return to Europe is if migrants force it on them.
Migration, then, is not merely a blight on Europe: it is a decidedly sexual menace that meets little resistance in countries that have succumbed to androgyny. Gayropa is not only raped, but exists only to be raped: as a civilization, it is, as the saying goes, asking for it.
Lisa F. was a perfect poster child for the evils of Gayropan migration: both Russian and German, she was an innocent Europe with which the Russian viewer was invited to identify. As a mere child, she represented that (lost) innocence that the entire edifice of the new Russian social conservatism uses to justify its existence: children must be protected at all costs.
And if it was all a lie? Hardly a problem. It’s just one more.
Next: Suffer, Little Children!