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How Russian Media Faked Interview of George H. W. Bush with The New York Times

17 July, 2018

A Russian-language video titled “Scandalous interview: George Bush the Elder regrets the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the interview with The New York Times” was posted on Facebook on June 27.  The video cites George Bush the Elder as saying in the interview with The New York Times that the dissolution of the Soviet Union was the biggest failure, adding that Russia would become much crueler and stronger in the future and remember everyone, who offended it.

The video has been seen by about 9.9 thousand users and shared 146 times (as of July 15, 2018).

The story about George Bush the Elder allegedly regretting the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the interview with The New York Times is fake and it went viral on Russian websites. The fake story provides two dates of the interview – October 21, 1992 and December 1992. Actually, according to The New York Times archival data, no similar interview with George Bush the Elder can be searched in the October 21, 1992 issue.  

At one point, the video shows an article with a title “The Interview with Bush the Elder in 1992” as well as the photo of the former U.S. President. It is, however, impossible to identify the source, but tens of materials can be found on Russian-language websites, forums, blogs and social network Odnoklassniki with the same title. Videos with similar content are also posted on YouTube.

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Date Media Outlet Title
16.03.2014 "

Буш старший. 1992 год. О развале СССР.,

16.03.2015 "

Интервью Буша-старшего в 1992 году!

19.03.2015 "

СОВЕРШЕННО ПОТРЯСАЮЩЕЕ ИНТЕРВЬЮ БУША-СТАРШЕГО В 1992 ГОДУ! О НЕМ ДО СИХ ПОР БОЯТСЯ ГОВОРИТЬ В США

22.03.2015

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Youtube

Совершенно потрясающее интервью Буша старшего в 1992 ! О нём до сих пор боятся говорить в США

20.10.2017

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Патриоты России!

 

Интервью Буша-старшего в 1992 году!

29.12.2017

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Youtube

Шокирующее интервью Джоржа Буша старшего 1992 год


The video posted on Facebook provides only the name of the newspaper The New York Times as its primary source, but the materials posted on various websites simultaneously provide the dates, when the newspaper was issued that enables us to recheck the information.  

For example, the October 21 issue of The New York Times is referred to as the primary source by the end of the article posted on Russian social network МирТесен and website Politikus.ru. However, at the beginning, the both articles refer to the December 1992 interview with George Bush the Elder as the source. So, there is a two month discrepancy between the dates mentioned at the beginning and at the end of the article."
Photo: The material posted on Russian social network MirTesen.ru on March 19, 2015 "
Photo: The material posted on Politikus.ru on March 16

Noteworthy that the October 21, 1992 interview with George Bush the Elder where he talks about the dissolution of the Soviet Union cannot be found in The New York Times archives (see contents).

Besides The New York Times paid archives, the newspaper website provides the text of Bush’s address to nation on Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev’s resignation, where the former U.S. President talks about the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He says that dissolution of the Soviet Union is one of the greatest dramas of the twentieth century - the historic and revolutionary transformation of a totalitarian dictatorship, the Soviet Union, and the liberation of its peoples. He believes that this is a victory for democracy and freedom and that every American can take pride in this victory.

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Prepared by Tako Mezvrishvili
Myth Detector Laboratory