Disinfo: Finnish spies threatened to kill Putin’s great aunt, and then she was shot by a fascist bullet


In 1941, Finnish spies warned Putin’s great aunt Yelizaveta in 1941 in Pominovo: “If we see you one more time at the Red Army men, bang-bang! We will shoot!”

In spite of the warning Yelizaveta went again to help [the Red Army men]. A fascist bullet hit her back.



No evidence given. There were no Finns in Pominovo or close to it in 1941. According to Vladimir Putin's publicly available biography, Yelizaveta Shelomova was Putin's grandmother, not great aunt. Further debunking by Ilta-Sanomat.


  • Reported in: Issue 84
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Finland
  • Keywords: WWII, Vladimir Putin, Nazi/Fascist


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