Status: 06/30/2022 7:45 p.m.
The Russian comedy duo who fooled European mayors with video calls have released their first images. These show contrasts-Information also the European Commissioner for the Interior Johansson.
The Russian comedians, who impersonated Vitali Klitschko in video calls to European mayors, also tricked the European Union’s interior commissioner. Vladimir “Vovan” Krasnov (also known by his last name Kuznetsov) and Alexey “Lexus” Stolyarov posted video clips of the conversation with Swede Ylva Johansson on their channel on a Russian YouTube clone. The European Commission was apparently only informed through a request from the ARD-political review contrasts of the incident.
“It appears that Commissioner Johansson, like a number of other politicians, was the victim of a hoax phone call from someone posing as the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko,” a spokeswoman said. the Commission. When the recording came and how it happened, she couldn’t say.
The Hope of Scandals
As the excerpts posted online show, the conversation, which took place in English, was about refugees. Krasnov and Stolyarov asked Johansson if Ukrainian refugees caused many problems in Europe and if she had any reports. The outrageous response probably hoped for did not materialize. Instead, the Home Commissioner has raised concerns that the women and children will become victims of human trafficking and exploitation during their flight.
Elsewhere, the fake Klitschko complains about the alleged lack of aid for refugees from France and Britain. Johansson agreed that Britain – despite no longer being part of the EU – could make it easier for Ukrainians to enter. She also briefed UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. Patel had also been cheated on by the two Russians in a video booth soon after the war started.
A spokeswoman for the commission said contrasts, it is absolutely clear what Johansson said in his conversation with the wrong Klitschko. “They continue to prioritize the health and well-being of those fleeing Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.” The fact that the EU agreed on a guideline in early March resulted in the support of more than 3.6 million people.
Photos of the Mayor of Warsaw online
The comedy duo had previously met on Tuesday contrasts known to be responsible for a whole series of video calls on behalf of Vitali Klitschko. Besides Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey, municipal leaders in Budapest, Madrid, Vienna and Warsaw were also affected.
Along with excerpts from the conversation with Johansson, Krasnov and Stolyarov also released a recording of the appeal to Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski. They also tried to obtain critical statements on the situation of refugees from Ukraine.
Statements by Trzaskowskis and Johansson are also incorporated into a kind of talk show, and two Duma members are among the guests. You belong to the Putin “United Russia” party and denounce Klitschko, mayor of Warsaw and interior commissioner. Krasnov and Stolyarov act like it’s all just harmless slapstick. Opposite of contrasts Stolyarov even denied a political motivation.
Comedy duo Vladimir “Vovan” Krasnov and Alexei “Lexus” Stolyarov (left) discussed Johansson’s recordings with, among others, State Duma deputies from Putin’s “United Russia” party.
Western politicians should be ridiculed
Felix Kartte of the Reset initiative doesn’t think so. “The purpose of these ‘prank calls’ is probably to introduce Western politicians and make them look ridiculous in front of the Russian public,” Kartte said. contrasts. “The fact that supposed comedians are doing propaganda for the Kremlin fits the picture. Especially since Russian state media has been blocked in the EU, Russia has mobilized influencers close to the Kremlin to spread the narratives of Putin.”
The pro-Kremlin duo – recently dubbed “masters of telephone diplomacy” by a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman – said they would sooner or later release videos of all of the fake Klitschko’s operations, including his video call to Giffey. It’s unclear how many victims like Johansson still don’t know they’ve been cheated.