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Fact Check: Russian President Putin was not watching the news of Imran Khan’s poll victory on TV, edited photo viral

Vishvas News investigated the viral image and found it to be edited. The news of Imran Khan has been pasted on TV by tampering with the original picture. In the original picture, Russian President Vladimir Putin was meeting via video-link with business leaders of major Italian companies.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: July 25, 2022

New Delhi (Vishvas News). A photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin is going viral on various platforms of social media. In this photo, he can be seen watching the news of Imran Khan’s victory in the by-election on a TV. Vishvas News investigated the viral image. It turned out to be edited. The news of Imran Khan has been pasted on TV by tampering with the original picture. In the original picture, Russian President Vladimir Putin was meeting via video-link with business leaders of major Italian companies.

What’s going viral?

Posting the viral image, the Facebook page ‘UnityNewshd’ wrote: “Russian President Putin listening to the news of Imran Khan’s victory.”

Investigation

Vishvas News first started its investigation by uploading the viral image on Google reverse image and the Yandex tool. During the search, we found this picture on many websites. We also found this picture uploaded on the official Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in Italy on January 27, 2022. But there was no news of Imran Khan on TV in front of Putin in all these places, but an online meeting was going on. The image uploaded on the official Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in Italy was accompanied by a link and text that read “Russian President Vladimir #Putin holds a meeting with representatives of the Italian Chamber of Commerce”. The link was to a news link on the website of the Russian Embassy in Italy. This picture was also in this news. According to the news ” Vladimir Putin’s meeting with executives of large Italian companies took place in videoconference format. Economic trade and investment cooperation between Russia and Italy, prospects for further expansion of business ties were discussed.”

We also found this picture on the Kremlin’s official website. Here too a video conference was going on on the TV in front of Putin, there was no news of Imran Khan’s victory.

We called up the Russian Embassy in Italy regarding this. We called Ambassador Sergei Razov’s press office. It was confirmed to us that “the photo was tweeted from the official Twitter handle of the Embassy after Vladimir Putin’s meeting with executives of large Italian companies. The photo was from a video conference.”

At the end of the investigation, Vishvas News checked the Facebook page that made the edited image viral. Social scanning revealed that more than 35000 people follow the Facebook page ‘UnityNewshd’.

Conclusion: Vishvas News investigated the viral image and found it to be edited. The news of Imran Khan has been pasted on TV by tampering with the original picture. In the original picture, Russian President Vladimir Putin was meeting via video-link with business leaders of major Italian companies.

  • Claim Review : ge, the Facebook page 'UnityNewshd' wrote:
  • Claimed By : UnityNewshd
  • Fact Check : False
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