Two videos of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech allegedly cautioning against Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip have been widely shared on social media recently, including Kuaishou, Facebook, and Douyin (which was later removed).
The Chinese subtitles of what seems to be a televised address indicate that Putin admonishes “the Israeli invaders to cease the slaughter in Gaza” and condemns Israel’s action as “genocide.”
The supposed Chinese translation also displays his words as saying, “Otherwise, we will not stand idly by” and “I will give all Arabic countries my full support and join them to take [Israel] down.”
However, the subtitles used in these videos do not reflect what Putin says. They were wholly fabricated.
In fact, each clip shows a different occasion even though the Chinese subtitles are identical.
These speeches were also made before the war broke out in June 2023 and February 2022.
The manipulated videos have over-the-shoulder graphics showing what looks like the scenes from the Israel-Hamas war. Supposedly, they were added to fit the content of made-up Chinese subtitles.
What Putin Said
Through reverse image search, we found the original speech in one of the videos. It was released on June 24, 2023 and Putin was addressing the rebellion led by the Wagner mercenary group the day before.
This manipulated video seems to have been created by cutting and stitching various parts of the speech from the 55-minute-long address.
As far as Annie Lab can tell, Putin discussed the latest war between Israel and Hamas a few times since it began in October, but he made no statement that Russia would participate in the war.
Reuters reported that he warned Israel against a ground offensive in Gaza that would cause “unacceptable” casualties of civilians on Oct. 13, adding that “Israel had the right to defend itself” and called for negotiations.
During an Oct. 26 Kremlin meeting, the Russian top leader warned that the war in Gaza could spread well beyond the Middle East.