PTI Supporters Share False Video Subtitles Claiming Putin Called PM Imran ‘Brave’

PTI Supporters Share False Video Subtitles Claiming Putin Called PM Imran ‘Brave’
A video of Russian President Vladimir Putin with false subtitles claiming that he is praising Prime Minister Imran Khan for “resisting Western pressure” to accept his invitation to visit Russia is being circulated by pro-PTI accounts on social media. The Russian President had said no such thing about PM Khan.

In the fake video, the subtitles claim that Putin says "This week I hosted the Prime Minister of Pakistan, a brave man. He resisted western pressure to accept my invitation to visit Russia [...] soon, I will visit Pakistan to sign a major pipeline deal."

In fact, Vladimir Putin does not mention Imran Khan, Pakistan, or the pipeline deal in the video clip.

"Once again, I appeal to the Ukrainian soldiers," Putin actually says in Russian, as translated by the Guardian and verified through various sources. "Do not allow neo-Nazis and Banderites to use your children, your wives and the elderly as a human shield [...] It seems it will  be easier for us to come to an agreement than with this gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis who settled in Kyiv and took all Ukrainian people hostage."

Some reports indicate the fake video was being circulated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters after the timing of prime minister's visit to Moscow last week had been criticized.  As Russia began its attack into Ukraine, many questioned whether Prime Minister Imran Khan should have proceeded with his official visit.  In response, Foreign Minister Qureshi defended the government's decision, saying that the visit was the 'right thing to do.'

Misinformation about the ongoing Russian attack in Ukraine is rife. Compiled by journalist Uzair Rizvi, dozens of old videos and photos have been recirculated online and falsely described as footage of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.