In Rusland is er een komiekenduo genaamd Vovan en Lexus. Zij slagen er herhaaldelijk in om publieke figuren van alle slag van over de hele wereld via de telefoon in de maling te nemen en (figuurlijk) in hun blootje te zetten. De voorbije dagen hebben zij video-calls met de Britse minister van defensie Ben Wallace en Brits binnenlandminister Priti Patel kunnen versieren. In beide gesprekken deden zij zich voor als de Oekraïense eerste minister Denis Shmygal.
Het resultaat is ontstellend: Ben Wallace heeft er o.a. geen principieel probleem mee dat Oekraïne atoomwapens zou verwerven. Hij laat verder weten dat Groot-Brittanië aanstonds z’n vloot naar de Zwarte zee zal sturen om nog wat olie op het vuur te gaan gooien.
Priti Patel noemt alle russen zonder meer “barbaren” en heeft er geen moeite mee om openlijk toe te geven dat het VK ‘een vuil spel speelt’. Verder vindt ze het ook geen probleem als Oekraïense ‘nationalisten’ naar Engeland zouden migreren.
Hieronder twee artikels van de door het vlaamse ministertje van mediacensuur Benjamin Dalle gecensureerde Russische nieuwssite “RuslandVandaag.com”. De video’s zelf zijn na één dag al bij Youtube weggecensureerd. Gelukkig zijn zij elders nog online.
UK Home Secretary calls Russians ‘barbarians’ in prank call (VIDEO)
25 Mar, 2022 17:37
Priti Patel told Russian pranksters that she supports interrogating Russian students in the UK
Two Russian phone pranksters released the full video of their call to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday. In it, Patel calls Russians “barbarians,” promises to step up spying on Russians in the UK, and is tricked into calling the pranksters “incredible heroes” and admits that her own country “plays dirty.”
The duo – real names Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov – who call themselves ‘Vovan and Lexus’, set up a video call with Patel last week, in which one impersonated Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal. After releasing a teaser clip from the conversation on Thursday, in which Patel said that Britons were fine with Ukrainian “nationalists” settling in their country, the pair released the full 15-minute conversation on Friday.
Patel opened by calling Interpol “feeble” for refusing to suspend Russia’s membership, saying that the UK and its Five Eyes (an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US) colleagues would continue to push for Russia’s “blanket suspension” from the international policing organization.
Britain would do this, she said, “because of the barbarians that the Russians are.”
Patel and the fake Ukrainian PM talked about newly-passed British legislation allowing for the seizure of assets from Russian billionaires in the UK, and when the pranksters asked whether she’d support making this property available to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Patel replied that she “absolutely” agrees with the sentiment, saying “we want justice for Ukraine and justice for Ukrainians.”
Patel then seemingly admitted to collaborating with Bellingcat, a supposedly “independent” investigative outlet which Russia has long accused of being operated by Western intelligence agencies. “Our approach is very clear in terms of the organizations we work with,” she said, adding that these organizations help her government “stand up for real facts.”
The pranksters suggested that Patel could step up security checks on Russian students coming to the UK “in a special way,” by asking them to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin or state their position on Crimea.
“That’s absolutely right,” Patel replied. “We have some of the finest security checks, and working with our agencies that’s effectively the approach we are taking.”
“We have some very very specialist work taking place on this right now, which clearly we can’t go into much detail on,” the home secretary continued.
After asking Patel to say the nationalist slogan “Glory to Ukraine,” the pair then tricked her into saying a Russian phrase that roughly translates as “Britain plays it dirty,” before she gave a shout out to the pranksters themselves, whom she was told were Ukrainian war heroes.
“Vovan and Lexus, incredible heroes, thanks to them for the work that they have been doing to fight for an independent Ukraine,” she stated.
Patel is not the only British government official duped by the pair in recent days. In another teaser clip recorded last week and posted on Tuesday, the pair spoke to British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. Again posing as Shmygal, one of the two attempted to talk Wallace into helping Ukraine develop nuclear weapons. Wallace was enthusiastic, but did not give an official affirmation.
Downing Street has accused Vovan and Lexus of working for the Russian state, calling their prank videos “standard practice for Russian information operations.” The pair have consistently denied working for the Kremlin, insisting their work is purely media in nature.
De video is hier te bekijken.
WATCH: British defence minister discusses Ukrainian nuclear plans with Russian pranksters
22 Mar, 2022 10:22
The notorious Russian duo claims that Ben Wallace implied it was possible London could assist Kiev
Russian pranksters posted a teaser on Tuesday morning for what they say was a dialogue conducted last week with UK Secretary of Defenсe Ben Wallace, in which he did not rule out the possibility of the UK helping Ukraine develop nuclear weapons.
Wallace, however, did not say anything especially embarrassing or sensitive in the short clip, and made it clear that he’d have to speak to Prime Minister Boris Johnson first, due to the importance of the matter.
The duo behind the set-up, Vovan and Lexus, touted a “full interview” within “a few days.” The two men – Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov – have previously targeted celebrities such as Elton John and Prince Harry, as well as world leaders such as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Western sources have accused them of working for the Russian state, but the two deny this, insisting their work is purely media in nature.
On March 17, Wallace was contacted via a video call, Russian news outlet Readovka reported. The defenсe secretary, who was in Poland at the time, believed he was talking to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, requesting London’s support in restarting Kiev’s nuclear program.
Wallace responded that he believed “Russia would really hate it,” before adding, “the principle is: we will support Ukraine as our friend in the choices you make,” in the teaser video. However, he appeared to be speaking in terms of alliances, or geopolitical positioning, rather than atomic weapons.
The pranksters have promised to upload the full recording of the call in the coming days.
The British Foreign Office has accused Russia of staging hoax phone calls to “distract” the world from Moscow’s “illegal activities” in Ukraine. Vovan and Lexus apparently contacted the defenсe secretary with a fake email and then engaged in a Microsoft Teams call.
Wallace said he stopped the dialogue, which he described as a “dirty trick,” when he became suspicious over “misleading questions” and a request to repeat some “slogans.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel was apparently among the senior British officials targeted by the pranksters last week. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries could have been another victim but was fortunate enough to miss the call.