A recording published on X has caused doubt among Internet users. We did a reverse image search to find out.
A viral clip has emerged of the Russian leader attending a funeral, even though the Kremlin had announced that the president would not be present.
Days after Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was discreetly buried following a suspicious plane crash, A video appeared on social media purportedly showing Vladimir Putin attending the funeral.
This surprised many social media users, as Putin had previously announced that he would not be present.
An accident just two months after the riot
This publication obtained almost nine hundred thousand views on X – formerly Twitter – until September 4. Prigozhin died in a plane crash exactly two months after staging a brief mutiny against the Defense Ministry and his circle.
Putin promised to punish participants in the rebellion, but hours later he reached an agreement with Prigozhin, granting him and his mercenaries an amnesty.
The Kremlin behind the incident?
The secrecy surrounding the funeral and Putin’s announced non-attendance led to speculation that the Kremlin was behind the accident.
But the Kremlin rejected these rumors, calling them an “absolute lie.” To find out if Putin was actually filmed attending the funeral, we did a reverse image search, and discovered that the viral video has nothing to do with Prigozhin’s funeral.
The truth about Putin’s video
The original video was published on YouTube and dates back to 2013. Shows Vladimir Putin attending to the funeral of Anatoli Rajlin, the president’s former judo coach.
Rajlin, who was a judo instructor and mentor to Putin for 15 years, died at age 75 on August 7, 2013.
According to media reports, after Putin left duty for Rajlin, he told members of his security team that he wanted to be alone. He apparently proceeded to walk without his usual escort of bodyguards and press.
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