Photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Crimea shirt is doctored

A viral image that appears to show Arnold Schwarzenegger in a pro-Ukraine shirt that reads “I’ll be back” is fake.

On June 15, @Ukrainolution, a Twitter account with more than 27,000 followers that tweets content about the war in Ukraine, posted a photo claiming to show Arnold Schwarzenegger in a pro-Ukraine t-shirt.

The shirt has an outline of Crimea with the text “I’ll be back”, Schwarzenegger’s famous line from The Terminator film series. Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014.

That Photo was also shared on June 17 by Paul Massaro, senior policy adviser on anti-kleptocracy at the Helsinki Commission, a government agency that oversees human rights and international cooperation in 57 countries.


Is the photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing a pro-Ukrainian Crimea shirt real?


  • Zimbio, an entertainment website
  • Yandex, a reverse image search tool
  • TinEye, a reverse image search tool


That's wrong.

No, the photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the pro-Ukraine shirt is not real. The photo was edited with a paparazzi photo from 2012.


Using Yandex, a reverse image search tool, VERIFY traced back the original photo when Arnold Schwarzenegger was pictured having lunch with fellow action star Sylvester Stallone in 2012.

The photos were posted on Zimbio, an entertainment website, and there are several of Schwarzenegger with Stallone.

Comparing the manipulated image to the 2012 image shows that the man standing behind Schwarzenegger in the background is the same. Schwarzenegger’s facial expression and posture are the same in the manipulated and original images; The only difference is the design of the t-shirt.

This particular Schwarzenegger meme has been circulating online for years. TinEye, another reverse image search tool, shows results from 2015. This example shows a different design on the t-shirt, this time it was an anti-Russian design of President Vladimir Putin.

Schwarzenegger did not respond to VERIFY’s request for comment, but publicly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Putin launched the invasion in February 2022.

In a roughly nine-minute video posted to his social media channels in March, Schwarzenegger spoke directly to the Russian people and soldiers stationed in Ukraine.

“Ukraine did not start this war, nor did nationalists or Nazis. Those in power in the Kremlin started this war. This is not the Russian People’s War. no Let me tell you what you should know is that 141 nations in the [United Nations] voted for Russia to be the aggressor and urged it to withdraw its troops immediately… See, the world has turned against Russia for its actions in Ukraine,” he says.

He describes the war in Ukraine as a “humanitarian crisis” because of Russia’s brutality. He says the Russian people and soldiers have not been told the truth and have been fed lies and false information.

As of June 20, the United Nations reported that 4,569 civilians had been killed and more than 5,600 injured in Ukraine.

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