Vladimir Putin denied he talked with Sir Elton John over the phone
Sir Elton John claimed he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone, but Putin denied they ever talked over the phone about gay rights.
The president’s spokesman said: “Putin did not have a conversation with Elton John, and, what’s more, we have not received any requests from him for a meeting.”
“The president has always been open to discuss human rights issues. The president, I’m sure, will be ready to meet with Elton John, too, if there is such a request.” He added.
Social media post appeared on Elton’s profile in which he thanked the Russian leader for “reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today”. Without actually explaining what they talked about, it finished: “I look forward to meeting with you face to face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia.”
A spokesperson for the Elton John Aids Foundation is avoiding requests for comment on the subject.
An LGBT activist, Yuri Gavrikov, said a meeting between John and Putin could have a positive effects.
He told the Govorit Moskva radio station: “Water wears away stone. Any statement in the public space by some significant person or another changes the views of both politicians and people. So it’s not worth waiting for manna from heaven, but I think we can expect another push to somehow change the situation in Russia.”
June 25, 2016
Sir Elton John was prank called by fake “Vladimir Putin”
Russian TV pranksters reported that they did a fake call to Sir Elton John and pretending to be Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sir Elton John said earlier this week, that he would love to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about his attitude over gay rights and about his anti-gay laws. He said: “I’d probably not [change his mind], but I’ll have a go! I’d love to meet him, I’d love to sit down with him and talk to him.”
The singer later claimed that he actually received a phone call from Vladimir Putin, when a post appeared on his official Instagram profile, saying: “Thank-you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today.”
When a spokesperson for President Putin denied Elton’s claim, saying that he had never spoken to the singer, and did not even received any kind of proposal for a meeting from him, public was shocked.
Russian TV pranksters, revealed that the entire drama have been a hoax, a set up by pranksters Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, known as “Vova and Lexus”.
The pranksters said: “We think that Putin is unlikely to want at least in the near future to meet with him and to call, but it turned out that Elton John was waiting for that call, so immediately believed in the reality of a conversation with the people that we represent.”- according to the Telegraph.
They also added: “He said: “Thank you. You made my day. This day, and the conversation was the most and beautiful in my life.”
April 25, 2016