Vladimir Putin: Dangerous George Soros Driving America Toward Civil War-Fiction!

Vladimir Putin: Dangerous George Soros Driving America Toward Civil War-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his senior advisors that George Soros and his “vast network of agitators” are targeting America’s most sensitive points to cause turmoil, driving the country toward civil war.
The Truth:
A website with a history of publishing false reports about Vladimir Putin and George Soros is behind false reports that Putin said Soros is driving the country toward civil war.
The report appeared a websites published by The People’s Voice, Inc., on August 15, 2017. Appearing at Your News Wire and News Punch under the headline, “Putin Slams ‘Dangerous Soros’ For Driving America Towards Civil War,” the report claims that Putin made the comments during a cabinet meeting in the Kremlin:

“Make no mistake, his endgame is revolution through civil war. In America he is using exactly the same tactics he uses everywhere. “

“George Soros is a well-known pyromaniac with matches in his back pocket pouring petrol onto a bonfire.”

“…He does not own the world and he does not have the right to do whatever he wants. The people must come together and reject this dragon. We have no room for his divisive politics in Russia, and I think you will all agree we are much the better for that. With all due respect, America must reject George Soros’s vision.”
We couldn’t find any record of Vladimir Putin talking directly about George Soros (more on that below). And it’s not clear how these fringe sites would have obtained comments that Putin supposedly delivered in a private cabinet meeting.
In fact, The People’s Voice used to have a disclaimer that said it makes “no representations about the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness and accuracy of information” found on its sites. That disclaimer has since been removed, but there’s no reason to believe that its sites are trustworthy now.
We investigated a similar (false) claim that came from Your News Wire in 2016. In that story, Vladimir Putin supposedly said he wanted George Soros “dead or alive” for agitating in Russia and nearby countries.
These false reports about Vladimir Putin and George Soros likely stem from public exchanges between the two interests in 2015 and 2016. Russia placed pro-democracy charities supported by Soros, the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation, on a list of “undesirable” charities that pose a security risk, according to a 2015 statement from the Kremlin:
“It was found that the activity of the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation represents a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state.”
George Soros, for his part, spoke out about Vladimir Putin in October 2016. In a statement posted on  the Open Society Foundation’s website, Soros accused Putin of committing atrocities in Syria because he knew the U.S. wouldn’t act before the 2017 inauguration date:
The world is witnessing a humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions. It is happening in Syria. It is being perpetrated by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, in support of his protégé, Bashar al-Assad. Russian planes are bombing the civilian population of Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city, to assist Syrian government forces that are attempting to take control of rebel-held areas of the city.
Although it’s clear that Vladimir Putin and George Soros don’t like each other, there’s no proof that Putin said Soros is driving America toward civil war. Given that, and that The People’s Voice Inc. has a history of publishing false reports about Putin and Soros, we’re calling this one “fiction.”