Something rather interesting happened recently, as Elton John made claims via Instagram that he had spoken to President Vladimir Putin over the phone. This was denied by the Kremlin, and now a pair of Russian pranksters are claiming that it was them who made the call.
The eleven minute conversation was aired yesterday on late-night talk show Vecherny Urgant on Russian state TV.
One of the hosts, pretending to be Putin, said this in the recording: “I was told you wanted to discuss a few important questions about things in Russia.”
To which, Sir Elton replied: “I am a musician and a philanthropic person and a humanitarian. I’m not a politician, but I would love to sit down with the president and discuss things face to face, because I think we can solve many issues together. My position in life is that people who are gay should be included in all walks of life and given basic freedom. I love Russia it’s been part of my life since 1979 and I just want to make the situation better if I can.”
The hosts Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, who are known as Vova and Lexus, made a point of boasting to Russian media outlets that Sir Elton had no idea it was a hoax.
Krasnov said, while speaking to Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper: “Alexei has great English, so he introduced himself as Dmitry Peskov [Putin’s spokesperson] and translated our conversation. I was Vladimir Putin. He said: ‘Thank you, you’ve made my day. This day and this conversation has been the most wonderful and lovely in my life.'”