Social media posts share an image that purportedly shows Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky riding a horse made of banknotes on the cover of Money, a US magazine. But no such cover was published; the image was altered from a 2016 issue, according to the magazine, which is now only available online.
“Corruption is strong for the liberals through the world,” says a June 29, 2022 Facebook post.
The post includes an image of a purported cover of US finance magazine Money featuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Teaser text says: “Learn How He’s Laundering American Taxpayer Dollars.”
But the cover is not authentic.
@FJBUSA did not immediately reply to AFP’s request for comment about the picture’s origin.
Money confirmed to AFP that it did not publish the cover.
Spokesperson Lixia Guo said in a July 8, 2022 email that “the cover was clearly redesigned by someone.” She said the original cover, published in 2016, featured British comedian John Oliver, host of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Guo added that the last physical version of the magazine, which now only operates online, was published in June/July 2019.
AFP has fact-checked other false and misleading claims about Ukraine’s president and the Russian invasion here.