Elton John’s Putin call was prank
Two Russian pranksters said Wednesday they fooled Elton John into believing that Russian President Vladimir Putin had given him a call.
The British star thanked Putin on Tuesday for calling him to discuss gay rights in Russia and inviting him to Moscow. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin never called John. Vladimir “Vovan” Krasnov and Alexei “Lexus” Stolyarov told Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda that they had fooled John by calling him on Tuesday and pretending they were Peskov and Putin. The two men said the audio of the call would be broadcast later Wednesday.
Last week John criticized Russia’s law against gay “propaganda” and comments by Putin suggesting that gay people prey on children. He told the BBC he would “love to sit down with him” and try to change Putin’s mind.