New Russian disinformation: alleged 'Nazi salute' by Boris Johnson in Lviv
Propagandist Russian media and social media users spread the news that during his visit to Lviv, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked for his academic degree with an alleged "Nazi salute." The Center for Strategic Communications denied this information
This was reported on the agency's website, according to Espreso.
"The false claim: during his visit to Lviv, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “Nazi saluted" at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv - in this way he thanked for the awarding of his degree. The corresponding photo is being spread by Russian propaganda media and social media users," the statement said.
The Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security has highlighted that the photograph featuring Boris Johnson supposedly "saluting" during his visit to Lviv on September 9 is, in fact, a manipulated image created by Russian fake news makers.
"In the original photo, the participants of the ceremony are standing, some of them have their right hand on their hearts, and Boris Johnson has his hands down. Obviously, at that moment, the ceremony participants were listening to the Ukrainian anthem. In addition, the use of the Nazi salute is prohibited in Ukraine by the Criminal Code under Article 436, Section XX, as a public use of the symbols of the totalitarian Nazi regime," the government organization noted.
Earlier, the Center for Countering Disinformation debunked another fake by Russian propagandists about the transfer of Lviv to Poland in exchange for aid.