Fact Check: NO ID Card for Semen Hydenko / Samuyil Hydenko Found At Crimea Bridge Attack Scene

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: NO ID Card for Semen Hydenko / Samuyil Hydenko Found At Crimea Bridge Attack Scene Internet Joke

Was a Ukraine ID card in the name of "Semen Hydenko" (or Samuyil Hydenko) found at the scene of the October 8, 2022, explosion on the bridge linking Crimea to Russia? No, that's not true: The spoof ID card shown in online messages has the face of American comedian Sam Hyde on it. In a bizarre internet in-joke, Hyde is often portrayed as the perpetrator after shootings or terrorism incidents.

An example of the fake ID could be seen in a tweet published by "will finchman" on October 9, 2022 (archived here), which read:

BREAKING: BBC identifies Crimea bridge bomber as Ukrainian Captain Samuyil Hydenko

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Mon Oct 10 12:39:28 2022 UTC)

Earlier this year the same fake ID card had been used to link Hyde/Hydenko to the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage (archived here):

The fake ID card happens to have the exact same "Record No." and "Document No." as the example on the Wikipedia page for the Ukrainian Identity Card (archived here).


(Source: Twitter screenshot taken by Lead Stories on October 10, 2022)


(Source: Image downloaded from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_identity_card by Lead Stories on October 10, 2022)

The photo on the fake ID card appears to be the same one that appears on this T-shirt (archived here) featuring the face of the comedian.

Lead Stories has written many, many earlier debunks of cases where Hyde's name and image were falsely used as the perpetrator of various attacks, shootings and terroristic incidents as part of a bizarre internet in-joke.

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  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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