No, Vladimir Putin was not the victim of a one-bird dirty protest

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It's one of those stories that was just too good to be true.

It was, supposedly, at the moment Vladimir Putin got to the line in his speech where he warned of the importance of learning the lessons from World War One that Mother Nature decided enough was enough.

However, and we write this with regret, the above video is fake; the Russian president having fallen victim to internet pranksters angered by the incongruity of the man who annexed Crimea and allegedly backed separatists in eastern Ukraine waxing lyrical about the virtues of peace.

You can watch the unaltered footage here, from around nine minutes on, while photos filed by news agencies at last Friday's speech in Moscow show Putin with an unsullied suit before and after his address.

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(Picture: AP)

Here's a side-by-side comparison:

That said, even if it is fake, it's still pretty great.


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