Debunking claims that Putin didn’t attend Orthodox Easter Mass in Moscow
28 April 2022 | 10:30 am
Pro-Ukrainian conspiracy theories on social media claim that Russian state TV staged footage of President Vladimir Putin attending Orthodox Easter Mass on April 24. Many claim that Putin is in hiding and that the images are pre-recorded or archival footage. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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