Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
6th January, 2016
The cover of the special issue of the magazine The Economist, where instead of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was depicted, as it turns out, was a "Christmas present". This gift to Poroshenko was presented to him by his administration.
"Due to the fact that it was our gift to the President on New year's day, we wish such festive ideas were perceived with a share of jokes and always through the prism of the search by Ukraine of its place in the world," reported the administration of the Ukrainian President on his page in Facebook.
Since the cover had been a source of controversy, especially in Russian media, at the request of the administration, the post was deleted from the official pages of Petro Poroshenko. "Apart from the masses of positive feedback this post also brought to the new year a strong reaction of individual members and Russian media. The latter took this cover without a single drop of humor, and as a very real possibility of losing Russia's place among the world leaders visually speaking", — stated the message.
Earlier on the Twitter account of Petro Poroshenko a "cover" of The Economist appeared, where the President of Ukraine was among the world leaders — between the British and Indian Prime Ministers.
However, the real cover The Economist published said "the World in 2016" and looks different. On this cover, at the same place as Poroshenko, the Russian President Vladimir Putin was depicted. In addition, the modified version differs from the original in that his version of the "world" referred to the year 2017.
Many commentators on Twitter have accused Poroshenko of fraud. "In the comments to this entry many have accused Poroshenko of posting a fake, not noticing that on the edited cover is not 2016, and 2017. Apparently, Poroshenko has published a card someone has given him," said the Ukrainian edition of "Apostrophe".
Soon the post with a fake cover of the Economist disappeared from the President's Twitter account. When you try to go to this address there is a message: "sorry, no such page!".