Claims have been circulating on TikTok and Facebook that Vladimir Putin recently travelled to South Africa, despite being under an international arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court.
However, these claims are based on old footage, and do not prove that Putin has recently been to South Africa.
The videos being shared were filmed in May 2015 and July 2018, during a meeting between Putin and former South African president Jacob Zuma in Moscow, and during the 10th summit of the BRICS nations held in Johannesburg, respectively.
Posts featuring the videos have been shared thousands of times on social media since late March.
South Africa is due to host the 15th summit of BRICS nations in late August, which Putin would usually attend.
However, South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor has expressed concerns about the arrest warrant against Putin.
This viral video claims that Putin defied his ICC arrest warrant and travelled to South Africa, but the footage is actually from 2018, during a BRICS summit.
The same video claims that Putin is now currently in South Africa but it actually features old footage from May 2015 during a meeting between Putin and Jacob Zuma in Russia.
This video also claimed that Putin is now in South Africa, but it features footage from May 2015 during a meeting between Putin and Jacob Zuma in Russia.
Old footage from May 2015, showing Putin meeting with Jacob Zuma in Russia, has been shared on social media claiming that Putin recently travelled to South Africa in defiance of his ICC arrest warrant.
This footage of Putin meeting with Jacob Zuma in Russia is from May 2015, and has been wrongly shared as evidence that Putin defied his ICC arrest warrant and travelled to South Africa.