Cancer patients 'not welcome' in Russian neighbourhood
A bid by some Moscow residents to have young cancer patients removed from their neighbourhood has caused a stir on social media in Russia.
In a report on the Taki Dela human rights website, a charity co-ordinator says that her neighbours set up a petition to stop children who were being treated for cancer at the local Dmitry Rogachev Pediatric Centre living in their apartment block.
The residents described cancer as a contagious airborne disease and said that there was "a hotbed of infection" under their roof.
On reading about this, many doctors were quick to debunk their theories.
Dr Andrey Kaprin was quoted on Russia's State News Agency, Tass, saying: "There is no research in the world that confirms that cancer is infectious in any country in the world."
Posting on the popular messaging service, Telegram, Stalingulag garnered more than 50,000 views by saying: "This is a story about absolute evil that is much closer to anyone than we are accustomed to think."
Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus got in on the act by calling the petition organiser Elena Allina and broadcasting their interview on YouTube.
During their conversation, they found out that Elena discovered her theory about cancer via a TV programme on Russian Defence Ministry-owned TV channel Zvezda.
However, Facebook user Mikhail Budaragin came to Elena's defence, putting the blame on the "garbage" she watched on TV.