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A Russian soldier is falsely portrayed as injured Indian soldier


A collage with the photos of an injured army soldier is being shared on social media claiming him as the Indian Army Jawan. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of this post can be found here

Claim: Photo of an injured Indian army soldier.

Fact:  Man in the photo is Russian Special forces officer Maxim Razumovsky, not the Indin soldier. In 2004, Maxim Razumovsky died while rescuing school children from a terrorist seized school in Beslan. This photo was shot during that rescue operation. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On reverse image search of the photo shared in the post, a similar photo was found in an article published by a Russian news website on ‘01 September 2016’. This article is about the 12th Anniversary of the tragic terrorist attack at a school in Beslan during the year 2004. In the article, this photo is shared as one of the photos shot during the rescue mission of the captive children from the seized school in Beslan. The same photo was shared on another Russian news website. It can be seen here. In the article, the injured soldier mentioned as Maxim Razumovsky.

Sharing the same photo, few social media users mentioned him as the Russian special officer Maxim Razumovsky who returned to rescue the children after getting injured several times. They can be seen here and here. On searching for more information using these keywords, we found an article stating the injured soldier name as Maxim. From all these pieces of evidence, we can conclude the injured man in the photo is a Russian soldier.

To sum it up, an injured Russian soldier falsely portrayed as the Indian army soldier.


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