Disinfo: The crowds protesting in Belarus are computer generated imagery

Summary

Look at this photo: it’s like an ocean of people. But look at the distances between people in the first row! It is impossible that there can be such distances in a crowd like that. It is impossible! There should be no space at all, first, second, third row should be full. But they’re not as you can see. It is a clearly an example of computer graphics.

Disproof

An unfounded claim to suggest the absence of popular support for the protests in Belarus.

The filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov certainly demonstrates an allegedly doctored picture, but Russian journalists have documented that the original broadcast did not contain the picture, demonstrated on Mikhalkov's show.

Below, to the left, the picture demonstrated on Mikhalkov's TV show can be seen; to the right - the original picture.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Belarus
  • Keywords: Protest

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Disproof

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Disproof

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