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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 52
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/12/2016
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Germany
  • Keywords: West, Cologne assaults, Media, Vladimir Putin
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