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Why are fake covers of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo circulating in Russia?

These images of fake covers of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been circulating on pro-Russian Telegram channels.
These images of fake covers of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been circulating on pro-Russian Telegram channels. © Observers

There have been at least six fake covers of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo circulating online, especially on Russian Telegram channels, over the past six months. And Charlie Hebdo isn’t the only magazine targeted— fake covers of numerous international media outlets have also been circulating online since the start of the war in Ukraine. The FRANCE 24 Observers team spoke to an independent Russian media outlet that investigated these fake covers being posted.