Infamous Russian Pranksters Foiled in Latest Hoax

A set of notorious Russian pranksters that on a regular basis target Kremlin challengers as well as world leaders with prank calls have actually failed in their latest technique, an elderly assistant to jailed Russian resistance leader Alexei Navalny claimed Thursday.

Vovan as well as Lexus, the name used by blog owners Vladimir Kuznetsov as well as Alexei Stolyarov, have actually made worldwide headlines for ripping off figures consisting of Prince Harry, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as French President Emmanuel Macron.

Navalny’s assistant Leonid Volkov wrote on social media sites that the pranksters had tried using his name to arrange a conference call with a crucial European security body.

In February, they impersonated Volkov in a phone call with Amnesty International to go over the civils rights group’s elimination of Navalny’s “prisoner of conscience” condition due to past nationalist rhetoric. Amnesty’s acting head Julie Verhaar, who took part in the call, was changed recently.

Volkov stated the Organization for Security and also Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly sent him an e-mail stating: “We were called by a Leonid Volkov with a rather odd message, we want to check whether he truly composed it.”

The fake Volkov email was “written in absolutely horrible English,” the real Volkov wrote.

” It all ended up being clear: it was Lexus and Vovan,” Volkov claimed, deriding them as “economical Kremlin scammers” and also saying this was at the very least their tenth stopped working effort to rip off international numbers using his name.

Kuznetsov as well as Stolyarov have not yet discussed Volkov’s allegations.

Volkov, who is desired in Russia on costs of “prompting minors” to go to pro-Navalny rallies, stated the attempt has actually brought about him being invited to offer a speech at the OSCE setting up.

” Thanks to Lexus as well as Vovan, who organized my appearance at an essential worldwide venue,” he wrote.

1 in 2 Russians Say Navalny Rightly Jailed

Virtually half of Russians claim that Kremlin doubter Alexei Navalny was appropriately locked up for violating parole while recovering abroad from a poisoning assault, according to an independent survey released Monday.

The Levada Center polling firm said 48% of Russian participants think about Navalny’s sentence of two and also a fifty percent years in one of the country’s most infamous chastening nests to be fair.

Just 29% of participants called Navalny’s verdict unjust, according to the survey results.

The 44-year-old opposition number was promptly incarcerated in January on returning from Germany, where he spent months recovering from a near-fatal poisoning he declares was performed on President Vladimir Putin’s orders. The United States and also the European Union enforced assents on high-level Russian authorities over Navalny’s poisoning as well as imprisonment.

Navalny, who has actually suffered severe pain in the back as well as loss of feeling in among his legs together with deprival of rest by warder, recently declared a hunger strike to demand appropriate medical therapy.

His elderly assistants have released a project to gather half a million signatures from supporters in order to set a date for new mass rallies in his assistance. Previous nationwide presentations this year brought about more than 10,000 apprehensions, loads of criminal situations versus militants and widespread cases of cops violence.

Levada’s study likewise showed high understanding– in addition to a clear generational divide– towards Navalny’s jail time, with even more younger participants calling it unjust than their older equivalents.

Fifty percent of Levada’s respondents aged 18 to 24 claimed Navalny was put behind bars unjustly, compared with 19% of those aged 55 and over.

In general, 82% of those surveyed stated they have actually carefully adhered to or found out about the anti-corruption campaigner’s incarceration.

Levada performed the in-person survey in collaboration with Russia’s Open Media investigative information web site among 1,623 participants in 50 Russian areas between March 25-31.

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