Moscow, Nov 19: "To forgive them is up to God, but to send them to him is up to me", this alleged quote was doing rounds on the social media claiming that the Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a strong statement.
The controversy and hype was put to rest when Ms Remi Maalouf, a news anchor, at television channel Russia Today, who put out Putin's quote on terrorists clarified "it was false" and apologised.
Putin is known worldwide for his hardline stance and strong public remarks.
On Nov 13, the Islamic State group ISIS had claimed that used a bomb to bring down a Russian passenger plane in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.
Following the plane crash, Putin had vowed vengeance and massive anti-terror campaign in Syria.
This is the danger of social media! I took Putin's quote from a post on Facebook & it turned out to be false. I apologize.
This is the danger of social media! I took Putin's quote from a post on Facebook & it turned out to be false. I apologize.— Remi Maalouf (@RemiMaalouf) November 18, 2015