The footage actually shows a man with a chronic skin disease receiving treatment at a hospital in Kazakhstan

Published on 09/07/2019 at 10:47

Graphic images of a man covered in blood, sores and dirt have appeared in articles by publications including the Daily Mail and LADbible which claim they show a man in a “mummified state” rescued after spending a month in a bear cave in Russia. The same images and similar claims have appeared in media reports in countries from France to Indonesia, and have been shared on social media accounts with tens of millions of followers. But the claim is false; the images actually show a patient with a chronic skin disease receiving treatment in a hospital in Kazakhstan.