Saturday, October 24, 2015

Did Putin say "Russia does not need minorities"?

There is no record of Putin making such a speech on February 4, 2013. Nor are there any credible news reports about the Russian President's supposed words. The message is strongly reminiscent of a factually flawed email forward that claimed that the Australian Prime Minister stated that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country and that Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia.

According to Truth or Fiction this is ‘Fiction’:

“We checked the Russian archives of the speeches by President Vladimir Putin and found that he made no such address to the Russian Parliament on February 4, 2013.This eRumor appears to be a spin off from an older one that came from the Land Down Under. This one said that an Australian Government official told Muslim immigrants are not welcome if they desire to change the Australian standard of law to Sharia. That remark was true and made by Australian Finance Minister Peter Costello in a speech to the Sydney Institute on February 23, 2006. Since then several variations of this eRumor have sprung forth changing the person who made the remark to the elected Australian Prime Minster at the time of circulation.” (source)

For February 4, 2013 I can only find the below:

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