Sasha Grey: Former porn star becomes face of Russian anti-Kiev 'propaganda'

Actress was featured in a fake story about a nurse being murdered by Ukrainian soldiers

A former porn star has slammed Russian “propaganda” after her photo was used to illustrate a fake story about a nurse being kidnapped, assaulted and chopped up with an axe by Ukrainian soldiers.

Sasha Grey, who left the adult film industry to become a mainstream actress, took to Twitter to debunk the story, saying the false report had gone “too far”.

She became the new face of an anti-Ukraine propaganda campaign when a photo of her published alongside the alleged horror story from the conflict went viral on Russian social network VKontakte, the Moscow Times reported.

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It claimed “Sasha Serova” – similar to the Russian word for “grey” - was captured by Ukrainian soldiers who then filmed themselves “humiliating” her before chopping her body up with an axe.

“I (love) my Russian fans, but this propaganda takes it too far. News that I was a nurse killed in the Russian/Ukraine conflict. #f***propaganda,” Grey wrote on Twitter.

“People are dying. People are losing family members and BS outlets mock the deceased with fappery like this.”

Grey is best known for her part in HBO series Entourage and has appeared in several films as well as the video for Eminem’s single "Space Bound", where she played the rapper’s girlfriend.

The Moscow Times reported that the post received more than 3,500 likes in its first day online and may have been a “sick joke” rather than deliberate propaganda.

Misinformation and false claims have been a defining feature of the Ukraine conflict, with supporters of both sides waging their own war on social media.

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State-owned Russian Channel One, the most popular station in the country, admitted that their story that a young boy had been crucified by Ukrainian troops was false, while Kiev-supporting outlets have reported unverifiable claims about the actions of separatist “terrorists”.

“Some of the more shocking cases that have been reported, particularly by Russian media, have been hugely exaggerated,” an Amnesty International report on the conflict said.

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