Disinfo: World war II: Finnish invaders dropped bombs disguised as toys, killing children in the Leningrad region of USSR


During the Great Patriotic War, the German and Finnish invaders carried out monstrous atrocities against civilians in the Leningrad Region: they killed the mentally ill by injecting them with poison, and killed children by dropping toys stuffed with explosives from airplanes.

In the Leningrad region atrocities were committed not only by German, but also by Finnish invaders. Declassified documents describe how the Finnish military destroyed the civilian population of the villages of Pargolovsky district. There were no military or industrial facilities and therefore shelling and bombing from the air was aimed exclusively at the destruction of civilians – children, women, elderly people.

With sophisticated sadism, the Finnish invaders destroyed young children – toys were used for this.“Not satisfied with shelling and aerial bombardment, Finnish bastards used forms of villainous atrocities in the form of dropping children’s toys stuffed with explosives from airplanes, and when the children picked up these toys, explosions occurred, as a result of which the children died or injured and became crippled.


RIA Novosti's report refers to the archival documents declassified by the regional FSB department, "mainly special communications from state security agencies and internal affairs of the war years".

However, the published fragments of those documents, presented in the report, are not corresponding to the text of the report. Thus, no archival documents are shown as for bombs disguised as toys.

Finnish researchers consider Russia's new "archive revelation" that the Finnish army killed Soviet children by dropping explosives hidden in toys from a plane to be unsubstantiated. Pekka Kauppala, a docent in Russian and Eastern European studies at the University of Helsinki, estimates that the “toy bombs” are probably based on an argument developed for Soviet war propaganda, which has now been raised as if to reflect reality: "The argument is completely absurd. No fascist or other system has the time or afford to make bombing flights during the war just because of sadism. Logically, the manufacture of explosive bombs hidden in toys would also have required considerable time and know-how". Kauppala also drew attention to the fact that the scanned copies of the archival documents attached to Ria Novost's article do not show this toy claim related to the Finns at all. The exact time of the events is also not mentioned, points out Ilta-Sanomat.

See previous cases on Finland and WWII here.

The RIA Novosti's article is a continuation of the Russian Security Service's previous allegations concerning the alleged "genocide" committed by Finland in East Karelia and atrocities in civilian and prisoner-of-war camps. The Russian Investigative Committee removed the "news" on a file opened on the genocide committed by the Finns in Russia (a video of the Investigative Committee's spokesperson on it is available). Finnish historian, head of the National Archive Jussi Nuorteva has denied the allegations of a genocide conducted, referring to extensive research on camps run by Finland in East Carelia during the WWII.


  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Russia, Germany, Finland
  • Keywords: World War 2


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