Published on: 05/25/2022 – 15:26 An image circulating mainly on Twitter since May 22 claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin has started wearing a bulletproof vest during his public appearances. Under the jacket of the Head of State, a shape, circled in the photo with a red circle, may suggest that he is wearing unusual specific protection. The photo is from five years ago. And according to a photographer present that day, it was not a bulletproof vest. The photo was shared by the Anonymous Operations Twitter account, which regularly relays pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian content. In it, Vladimir Putin is seen leaning over a lake, and a red circle surrounds what looks like a specific shape under his jacket. The caption reads: “It looks like Putin has started wearing a bulletproof vest.” It refers to alleged assassination attempts on the Russian president and his increased protection since the start of the war in Ukraine. . One of these assassination attempts was notably aborted in the Caucasus two months ago, according to a senior Ukrainian officer. Initial tweet from Anonomymous Operation relaying the image with a supposed body armor. Archived here: https://archive.ph/PzCUo © Twitter Why it’s wrong A reverse image search (see here how to proceed) makes it possible to find versions of the photo without the red circle, in particular via the Russian search engine yandex. The image is not recent, since it appears from August 4, 2017 on several websites like here or there. Vladimir Putin had visited the Baikal nature reserve, during which he notably released fry into the lake. It is this gesture that we see him doing in the complete photo. Full photo taken on August 4, 2017 at Lake Baikal. © Kommersant / Gleb Shchelkunov Was Vladimir Putin wearing anything on him that day? The Kremlin has never commented on this particular photo, neither in 2017 nor recently when this photo circulated again. other photos or videos taken on the same day show creases similar to those visible in the first photo, especially on the right side of his jacket for the photo below. Photo of Vladimir Putin taken on the same day, August 4, 2017, at the same event. © Izvestia / Pavel Bednyakov Two military experts contacted by France 24 who viewed the photos estimated that, if it was a bulletproof vest, it was then quite thin and could correspond to a “class up to IIIA allowing protection against ammunition up to 7.62X51 “used for small arms. It could also be “an anti-stab vest”. For his part, a photographer present today -là – contacted by the editorial staff of France 24 Observers, who requested anonymity – explains that he noticed a shape on the back of the Russian president, but nuance: “I do not see why he would have worn a protective vest bullets during this visit because there was no danger. We had discussed it with colleagues at the time, and we were leaning more towards a medical bandage”. A photo taken after a series of medical appointments? in recent years, he would have seen many specialists between May and July 2017, in particular an orthopedic traumatologist after falling on his back during an ice hockey match on May 10, 2017. If these elements have never been officially confirmed, information on the official doctors of Vladimir Putin and their place of residence could be documented by the media, and attest to the regular presence of doctors in the entourage of the Russian president. also specifies that just after going to the Baikal reserve, Vladimir Putin did not make any more public appearances from August 8 to 16.
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