Russian fans celebrated in the streets thinking they had won World Juniors after state-run broadcaster played 2011 tourney

Well done, Mr. Putin. Brilliant bit of propaganda.

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In case you missed it yesterday, Team Canada captured their 18th World Junior Championships gold medal by defeating Russia 4-3 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The Canadians put up three goals in the third period and avenged a 6-0 drubbing to the Russians earlier in the tournament to take home the gold once again.

As you may have expected, Canadian hockey fans poured out of their homes to celebrate their team’s victory with several instances going viral on social media. I mean... Canadians know how to celebrate.

Check it out:

Here’s the thing though… THOUSANDS of Russian fans were under the impression that their team had won the gold. Why? It’s a CRAZY story and… well of course it has to do with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Check out this account of things from Russian hockey insider Slava Malamud:

Incredible. Only in Russia.