Modified magazine cover featuring Ukraine’s president spreads online
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Social media posts share an image that allegedly shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky riding a horse made of banknotes on the cover of Money, an American magazine. But no such cover was released; the image has been modified from a 2016 issue, according to the magazine, which is now only available online.
“Corruption is high for liberals around the world,” says a Facebook from June 29, 2022 Publish.
The post includes an image of an alleged cover of the American financial magazine Silver featuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The teaser text reads: “Learn how he launders American taxpayers’ money.”
But the cover is not authentic.
@FJBUSA did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment on the origin of the photo.
Money confirmed to AFP that it had not published the cover.
Spokeswoman Lixia Guo said in a July 8, 2022 email that “the cover has clearly been redesigned by someone.” She said the original cover, published in 2016, featured British comedian John Oliver, host of “Last week tonight with John Oliver.”
Guo added that the latest physical version of the magazine, which is now only works online, was published in June/July 2019.
AFP has verified other false and misleading claims about the Ukrainian president and the Russian invasion here.