An altered photo of Zelenskyy with Portuguese leaders is circulating on social networks

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On June 7, a Facebook user posted a photo that, according to the description, shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, high on drugs, being helped to walk by foreign leaders. An identical photo was published on the Russian media portal Миртесен and posted on the Tik-Tok account voice_of_russia (1,2).

sotsialur qselshi zelenskis da portugalieli liderebis qhalbi photo vrtseldeba An altered photo of Zelenskyy with Portuguese leaders is circulating on social networks

The circulated photo is altered. The authentic photo shows that Zelenskyy is held by the arm only by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, while Portuguese Prime Minister Luís Montenegro just walks next to him.

The authentic version of the disseminated photo was taken on May 28, during the visit of the President of Ukraine to Lisbon. In the photo, Zelenskyy is pictured with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Luis Montenegro.

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The authentic photo shows only the Portuguese President holding Zelenskyy by his arm, while the Prime Minister simply walks beside them. The altered photo gives the impression that Zelenskyy requires assistance to walk. Portuguese media outlet SIC Notícias also released a video that captures the moment when the Portuguese President takes Zelenskyy’s arm and then the leaders continue walking together. Luis Montenegro is also captured in the video.

The narrative that Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a drug addict is part of Kremlin propaganda and is often used to discredit the Ukrainian President. Read other examples:

The President of Ukraine is a frequent target of visual manipulation on other topics as well. For example:

About the source:

Facebook user Георгий Кушиташвили [Giorgiy Kushitashvili] regularly publishes fake information. In the past, Myth Detector has repeatedly fact-checked disinformation spread by this user.

Archive links: Fcebook-post, Миртесен


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