El­ton John’s Putin call was prank

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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