The viral photo, which claims to be the cover of TIME magazine, hinting at similarities between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German dictator Adolf Hitler is untrue.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an attack on Ukraine. On March 1, Russian troops continued to attack Ukraine’s two largest cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv. This was reported by the Associated Press the current ground war in Ukraine is the largest in Europe since World War II.

In the photo, which claims that he shows the latest cover of TIME magazine, Putin’s face is superimposed on the face of German dictator Adolf Hitler.


Is the cover of TIME magazine real?



No, the viral image is not the cover of TIME magazine; it was created by artist Patrick Mulder as a commentary on Russia’s attack on Ukraine.


The viral image is the cover of TIME magazine from February 28 / March 7.

TIME magazine retains its current and historical covers Shelter. Official cover for February 28 / March 7 the issue is in this archive and shows the young man for the publication of “Child of the Year”, not Putin.

A TIME spokesman confirmed in a statement to VERIFY that “the image is not a true TIME cover”.

Using a reverse image search tool, VERIFY was able to track a viral image before a tweet written by Patrick Mulder on February 26th.

In a statement to VERIFY Mulder said he has now created a viral image as well as two more. On Twitter, Mulder wrote “The image is one of three that I created on the day Russia invaded Ukraine … I wanted to create something that would add to the conversation about the invasion of Ukraine and capture public sentiment.”

TIME has confirmed that all three images are not valid covers for their magazine.

More from VERIFY: No, the viral video does not show how the Russian paratrooper crashed in Ukraine. The video was made in Brazil in 2021.

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