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The Picture Of Feminists Posing With A Banner On Top Of The Kremlin Is Fake

But other images from the demonstration are legit.

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To celebrate International Women's Day, feminists in Moscow gathered at the Kremlin to demand equal rights.

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"200 years men in power — out with them," the banner read.

But as the women protested and got detained, someone started spreading another image, of two women holding a banner on top of the Kremlin. People and publications were quick to pick it up, including BuzzFeed News in its initial report on the protest.

Another impressive pic of Womens Day protest- feminist activists reached top of a #Kremlin tower. Says: 'National…

Patrick Reevell, the ABC News Moscow correspondent, tweeted the fake photo. He later added a correction, saying the image is not real.

A security researcher covering the region also fell for the hoax.

#Feminist #protest on one of the #Kremlin towers today: serious breach of Kremlin #security


As well as a prominent Russian blogger.

"I'm hurting right now for Russian art activism and the feminist collective, because the picture of the Arsenal tower really did turn out to be photoshop. Only a few participants knew about it, and now I know too.

I deeply respect all participants of the protest and don't want to devalue their actions. All the other photos and videos are real. Thank you, girls!

But I also consider it absolutely unprofessional and unacceptable to have such an approach to work, in any case, the use of photoshop was not part of the original concept."

Even the commandant of the Kremlin, Sergei Hlebnikov, confirmed that there was never a banner on the tower. It's protected by "alarms, video surveillance, and other methods," which he cannot talk about, the Moscow Echo reports.

Jane Lytvynenko is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada. PGP fingerprint: A088 89E6 2500 AD3C 8081 BAFB 23BA 21F3 81E0 101C.

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