The Madrid Mayor’s Office has filed a complaint with the police for an alleged crime of impersonation of Kyiv councilor Vitali Klitschko, who appears in a video conference with the mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida.
Sources say that the mayor of Madrid, Martínez-Almeida, was the victim of this impostor as well. The current mayor of Berlin, Franziska Giffey, has also been targeted and suffered a similar incident.
The Madrid City Council contacted the Kyiv City Council warning them of a false Klitschko. According to the Madrid City Council, this Klitschko wasn’t the real Klitschko and they cut off their conversation with him when they found out.
Martínez-Almeida, who will speak with Kyiv’s mayor this Saturday, has described it as “totally intolerable” that these events can take place at a time when the Ukrainian capital is besieged by the invasion of the Russian army.
In the case of Berlin’s mayor-governor, Giffey spoke with the fake Klitschko on a videoconference and was the victim of a “deepfake”—an extremely realistic artificial intelligence-manipulated video. The discussion was interrupted after his “direction of conversation” aroused suspicions.
After about a quarter of an hour of conversation, the fake mayor asked Giffey to use the police to repatriate the men who had taken refuge in Germany and scheduled return trips to Ukraine.
According to sources in the Berlin Senate, he asked what measures were being taken to prevent refugees.
These sources say that Giffey did not react to any of these questions and failed to give up any information that would expose her.