Russia – Bird pooped on Putin at opening of WWI monument.
A bird poops on Putin during speech unveiling a monument to Russians who served in World War I.
This is a video that went viral online. It claims to show that a bird pooped on Russian President Vladimir Putin during his speech unveiling a monument to Russians who served in World War I. The incident is shown as a bird staging a form of protest on Putin. Let us analyze whether such an incident really happened or not.
The Speech & Story
On 1 Aug. 2014, the Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a World War I monument in Moscow, ahead of the centennial of the start of the “Great War” that began in 1914. On 2 Aug. 2014, a video (like shown in first one in this article) popped up on YouTube claiming to show that a bird pooped on Putin’s suit during his speech unveiling the WWI monument. This otherwise interesting video was shared multiple times online, and the story became popular after it was picked up by some media outlets like Time (Time.com) and Washington Post’s blog Know more (KnowMore.washingtonpost.com). Note the title of the blog article seems to have been changed to ‘Vladimir Putin gives speech on dangers of military aggression‘ when compared to the URL that reflects the claim.
The bird pooped on Putin video seems to have originated from ‘Today News’ YouTube channel that did not have any valid information (account terminated by YouTube later). The below video shows the full footage of Putin’s speech, wherein, starting from timeframe 8:55, you can see no such incident of bird pooping happened. Also, few pictures taken by media after Putin’s speech show his suit to be perfectly clean.
So all this concludes to saying that the video was faked and the story is a hoax; no bird pooped on Putin during his speech unveiling a WWI monument.
Hoax or Fact: