Arrest of Vladimir Putin

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"Arrest of Vladimir Putin: A Report from the Courtroom" is a viral video, originally posted on YouTube on February 13, 2012 by the Russian video publishing group "Lancelot". The mock video shows Russian President (then Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin facing a courtroom trial. The footage was taken from the real-life trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and then digitally altered to make a faux news report. Putin's reply to the judge is taken from television footage where Putin is participating in the 2010 census.[1]

The video was viewed nearly 3 million times within three days[1] and as of December 17, 2014 has over 7 million views. Khodorkovsky's legal team placed a link to the video on his Twitter feed.[2] The video was also reposted at the LiveJournal blog of Alexey Navalny.[3]

Putin's supporters made their own prank video in response, titled "Russia Without Putin – Russia Without a Future". The video plays on the popular "Russia without Putin" chant that was frequently used during the opposition protests in Russia.

Following the posting of Putin's mock arrest, it was revealed that the whole campaign is a trailer of the unreleased Russian documentary A Coup On Russia, filmed in 2002[4]. The viral was made by Echoviruses as it is stated in the description of the video[5].

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  1. ^ a b "Fake Putin arrest video becomes online hit". Yahoo! News. Feb 16, 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  2. ^ "'Arrest of Vladimir Putin' Video Goes Viral in Russia". International Business Times. February 16, 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Навальный "посадил" Путина (in Russian). 14 February 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  4. ^ Скандальный ролик об "аресте Путина" оказался рекламой запрещенного в России фильма (in Russian). NewDayNews.Ru. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Original video, with English subtitles".