Japanese researchers have conducted an artificial intelligence (AI) analysis that suggests there may be at least two body doubles for Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who stand in for him at state ceremonies.
Anton Geraszczenko, an advisor to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, shared the findings of the study on his X-profile.
The authenticity of Putin's presence at official commemorations in Russia has often been questioned, leading to speculation about the use of body doubles.
This speculation prompted Japanese researchers to use AI to analyze the similarity between Putin's appearances at these ceremonies and his usual self.
The results of the study were shared on X (formerly known as Twitter) by Anton Geraszczenko.
He stated that "Japanese experts in facial recognition and voice identification have concluded that the theory of Vladimir Putin's doubles, who replace him at public events, is gaining popularity. This information was published by the British tabloid The Sun."
Geraszczenko claims that the AI-driven analysis conducted by the Japanese researchers indicates that there are likely at least two Putin doubles who take his place on official occasions.
He cited a comparison of the actual Putin's facial features with those of a double who drove a Mercedes over the Crimean Bridge in December 2022, which revealed only a 53 percent similarity. Furthermore, Geraszczenko added that the analysis showed only an 18 percent match between the Crimean Bridge Putin and the one observed during a visit to Mariupol.
The Kremlin has previously denied rumors that there are body doubles of Putin.