Fact Check: Video Shows Slovakian PM Robert Fico Dragged Into Car After Being Shot. Here's What Else We Found

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A video circulating on social media in May 2024 authentically shows Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico being dragged into a car after being shot.


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On May 15, 2024, an X user posted a video allegedly showing Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico being dragged into a car after being shot several times.


Similar claims appeared elsewhere on X, Instagram and in numerous Facebook posts. Together, the X posts alone had amassed more than 6.7 million views at the time of this writing.

On May 15, the Slovakian leader was shot multiple times in what officials described as an assassination attempt, as reported by The Associated Press, the BBC, Reuters, and many other credible news outlets.

Although Snopes could not determine the source of the video due to it being so widely circulated, the BBC included it in its article above, while numerous other outlets also used the footage in their coverage, such as NBC News, Euronews and CNN, as well as local media, such as The Slovak Spectator and Denník N.

In addition, a reverse-image search produced no evidence of the clip existing before May 15, therefore we have rated this video claim as "True."

Credible news outlets also posted different footage of the exact moment Fico was shot. The surroundings in that video match those in the clip of him being dragged into a car.

On May 16, Slovakia's Deputy Prime Minister Robert Kaliňák confirmed during a news conference Fico was in a stable but serious condition, at the time of this writing.


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Denník N. Video z Miesta Streľby Na Roberta Fica, Útočníka Policajti Spacifikovali. 2024. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdNItSD9u-M.

euronews. Slovak PM Robert Fico Shot, in 'life-Threatening' Condition. 2024. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjss5L28i60.

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Guardian News. Footage Reveals Moments before Slovakian PM Is Shot. 2024. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6IaAvv2_zg.

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NBC News. Slovakia's Prime Minister Shot and Critically Injured. 2024. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEkzDIqAqL4.

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'Slovakia PM Robert Fico in Stable but Serious Condition after Shooting, Doctors Say'. BBC News, 16 May 2024. www.bbc.co.uk, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-69019121.

'Slovakia's Prime Minister Is Expected to Survive Assassination Attempt, Deputy Says'. AP News, 15 May 2024, https://apnews.com/article/slovakia-prime-minister-shooting-robert-fico-handlova-bdaaf0bba01035a700145a67d871a482.

The Telegraph. Robert Fico | Slovakian PM in 'stable' Condition after Assassination Attempt. 2024. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylN1dKS4b0c.

The Times and The Sunday Times. Slovakian PM in 'Serious but Stable' Condition after Shooting. 2024. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOh1dWI4bv0.

Urbany, Bryce. Video Appears to Show Moment Slovakia's Prime Minister Was Shot | CNN. 2024. edition.cnn.com, https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/15/world/video/video-appears-to-show-moment-slovakias-prime-minister-was-shot.

Uyanik, Ayhan, and Boldizsar Gyori. 'Slovak Leader Fico Stable after Surgery but Condition "Very Serious"'. Reuters, 16 May 2024. www.reuters.com, https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/slovak-government-meet-following-assasination-attempt-pm-2024-05-16/.