TIME Magazine’s cover featuring Putin’s photo with Hitler moustache is fake

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Kathmandu: After Russia invaded Ukraine, a Time Magazine cover comparing the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler circulated on social media globally, and in Nepal too. “What a powerful cover,” people wrote on social media.

But the cover is fake. It was created by a graphic designer, Reuters reported.

“Users have been sharing an image purporting to show a Time magazine cover comparing the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler. No such cover was published by Time. The image was created by a graphic designer,” Reuters reported.

The image shows Hitler’s mustache overlayed onto Putin’s face, with the Time masthead viewable at the top of the image. Small text on the top right of the image reads: “Feb. 28 / March 7, 2022.” The text on the cover reads: “The Return Of History.” The subheading reads: “How Putin Shattered Europe’s Dreams.”

On Feb. 28, 2022, a graphic designer named Patrick Mulder took to Twitter to confirm that they had created the image: “I created the TIME cover artwork on the day Russia invaded Ukraine. The image is one out of a sequence of three. I wanted to create something that added to the conversation around the invasion of Ukraine and captured the public mood.”

“It wasn’t originally intended to be a TIME cover. The finished image was so powerful, I felt that it deserved to be framed in an equally powerful way. I feel as though the official cover by TIME was uninspired and lacked conviction given the unprecedented events unfolding before our eyes,” he added.

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