(Disclaimer: Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, is one of Africa Check’s funding partners, contributing 4% of our income in 2020.)
One such claim was made on Twitter and then shared widely on Facebook as a screenshot. It says a Pentagon official has “confirmed” that Zelenskyy and billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros are cousins.
The Pentagon is the headquarters of the US Department of Defense (DOD).
Soros is frequently the subject of outlandish rumours, many of which link his enormous wealth and support of liberal causes to his being Jewish. The US’s Anti-Defamation League has labelled this anti-Semitic. Zelenskyy is also Jewish.
No evidence for outlandish claim
A spokesperson for the Secretary of Defense told Reuters that the office had not made any statement like it. Associated Press also reported that both the DOD and representatives of George Soros and his foundation had denied the claim.
A spokesperson for Open Society Foundations told FactCheck.org: “The allegation that George Soros is related to somebody making news, in this case Ukraine’s president, has been the basis for many conspiracy theories in the past. This current one, just like those that came before it, is false.”
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