Disinfo: The German tabloid Bild claims that Putin staged the sexual attacks in Cologne

Summary

The German tabloid Bild claims that Putin was behind the Cologne sexual assault attacks last year.

Disproof

Wrong translation from the English source (bit.ly/2gPNmAg), . According to Express.co.uk, an expert said to Bild that Putin could create such incidents in the future in order to influence German elections.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue52
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/12/2016
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: West, Media, Cologne assaults, Vladimir Putin

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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