British newspaper the Telegraph has removed the article about the alleged torture of children during the filming of the project “Dau” in Kharkov, the information was published on the website of The Telegraph on 10 July.
The article appeared on the website on 23 April under the title “Ukrainian prosecutors investigating the film project “Dau” in connection with the alleged torture of children.”
“The article was about the fact that prosecutors in Kharkiv opened a criminal case on charges of cruel treatment of children during the filming of the movie, as well as “coercion” and sexual violence. This was based on the statement of the Prosecutor of Kharkiv region of Ukraine. The implication was that Mr. Hrzhanovsky suspected on reasonable grounds. We recognize that he had not behaved as described in our article and apologise to Mr Chrzanowska”, – noted in the message.
The statement said that the Director had not behaved as was stated in the article.
“We have agreed to reimburse Hrzhanovskogo the damage he donates the campaign against anti-Semitism, and its costs,” – noted in the editorial office.
The scandal surrounding the film “Dau. Degeneration” hrzhanovskogo erupted after expert in pediatric neuropsychology Elena Samoilenko announced April 20 at Facebook about a possible child abuse during the filming.
22 April 2020, the Kharkiv regional Prosecutor’s office has registered criminal proceedings on the facts of possible torture during the filming. According to law enforcement, juveniles who are likely to be orphaned during filming were caused by physical pain or mental suffering.
Representatives of the company “Fenomen-Ukraine”, which was engaged in the filming of the project on the territory of Ukraine, in a letter addressed to the children’s Ombudsman of Ukraine Mykola Kuleba said that during the shooting process was attended by the guardians of the children, and all actions were agreed with the child, writes “Commander in chief”.
“Dau. Degeneration” is one in a series of films about the Soviet physicist, Nobel laureate Lev Landau. The film was shot during 2008-2011, the shooting took place including in Kiev.