On July 18, 2022, former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won 15 of 20 seats in the by-election held in Punjab — most populous province in Pakistan. Against this backdrop, an image showing Russian President Vladimir Putin watching Imran Khan’s victory is broadly shared on social media.
The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “Russian President Putin listening to the news of Imran Khan’s victory”
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE.
Google’s Reverse Image Search directed us to Alamy.com, which carried the original image. The image description reads: “January 26, 2022 — Russia, Moscow Region, Novo-Ogaryovo — Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence during a video conference meeting with Italian business leaders.”
Searching further, we found the original image published by several media outlets reporting the same event. According to one of the articles published on January 26, 2022, “Russian President Vladimir Putin met via video-link with business leaders from leading Italian companies on Wednesday, in spite of the tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine and NATO.”
The original image was also published on the official website of Kremlin on January 26, 2022.
The image was tweeted by the Russian Embassy in Italy on January 27, 2022.
🇷🇺 Президент России Владимир #Путин провёл встречу с представителями деловых кругов Италии
🇮🇹 Il Presidente della Federazione Russa Vladimir #Putin ha incontrato i rappresentanti dell’imprenditoria italiana
👉 https://t.co/2u9rHBu5Pt pic.twitter.com/1OrHMzUMZw
— Russian Embassy in Italy (@rusembitaly) January 26, 2022
Thus, it is evident from the above information that an altered image is being shared with false claims.
If you want to fact-check any story, WhatsApp it now on +91 11 7127 979l9
Click here for Latest News updates and viral videos n our AI-powered smart news