‘Next time you are going to use fake letters – send them to us. We’ll be happy to correct the mistakes’.
The US Embassy in Moscow has called out a Russian newspaper for publishing a forged letter from the state department to a gay activist.
Popular daily Izvestia ran a story on Wednesday (18 November) alleging that the US government had recruited a leading LGBTI activist to ‘discredit’ top politicians by claiming they are gay.
And it claimed to have proof: a letter from the US Department of State addressed to Nikolay Alexeyev, thanking him for organizing a protest against Russian aggression in Ukraine in May.
‘It is worth noting that consistent actions of LGBT activists during the demonstration triggered widespread media coverage of the event as well as negative responses from Russian officials,’ the letter said.
‘Following the results of the rally United States Department of State made a decision to redistribute funds allocated for promoting democracy in Russia… LGBT organizations will get increased financing at the expense of other opposition democratic organizations.’
But the US Embassy in Moscow spotted the forgery and called out the paper, as well as its spelling and grammatical errors, which were corrected in red pen and posted on Facebook: ‘Dear Izvestia, next time you are going to use fake letters — send them to us. We’ll be happy to correct the mistakes. Sincerely yours, Dept of State,’ the embassy added.