Various social media outlets alleged that

Stephanie Williams had met with the director of the #Wagner Group Yevgheni Prigozhin during her latest visit to Moscow. The meeting was immediately denied by the Spokesperson of

What was the basis of the claim ? 

The basis of allegations were only pictures of an unidentifiable person wearing a mask, who could or could not be the Wagner chief. There was no evidence of him talking with Ms. Williams either: the man only appeared sitting in the hotel lobby, or entering an elevator.

#Wagner has a track record of disseminating fake news and coordinating disinformation campaigns, including in #Libya. Prigozhin himself is said to be using “doubles” to impersonate him and setting staged pictures, most recently in #Lithuania (see

The rumor and leaked picture started from Russian-owned Telegram channels before spreading to Russian media and Libyan pages,some of which are run from #Egypt. In less than 12 hours, it had circulated on over 40 different outlets, despite any evidence supporting the allegation As the political process is seeking for a reset, it is important to not contribute to instability by spreading rumors without any evidence to support them. Fake news have real consequences .

Let’s build together a healthier environment for fair & inclusive #elections in #Libya



By Siraj

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