Fake Putin arrest video becomes online hit

Valdimir Putin the Russian Prime Minister is making news due to his digitally altered 2010 clip put on you tube

Written by Agencies | Moscow | Published:February 16, 2012 3:57 pm

A fake news report depicting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the dock has become an online hit,getting nearly 3 million views in just three days.The digitally altered clip posted on YouTube used news footage of the 2010 trial of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to put Putin behind bars instead.

The prosecution of Khodorkovsky,which began in 2003,is widely seen as retaliation for challenging Putin’s power.

Putin,who was Russia’s president from 2000 to 2008,is facing an outburst of public discontent as he runs for a third term in a March 4 election.Putin’s supporters,meanwhile,have posted their own videos purporting to show the chaos and carnage that would engulf Russia if he were to leave office.

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