It has emerged that the Russian satire duo Vovan and Lexus were behind the prank call of the Danish Parliament’s foreign policy committee recently.
Vovan and Lexus, who have previously duped Prince Harry, Boris Johnson, Elton John and Emmanuel Macron with phone pranks, admitted that it was they who had pretended to be Belarusian opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in a call with the committee recently.
“Yes, this is our prank. We will publish the video on Monday morning and send you a link,” the duo wrote to Zetland journalist Frederik Kulager.
The penny eventually dropped that it might not be Tikhanovskaya when she brought up the topic of animal brothels. Still the conversation lasted a good 40 minutes.
Meetings in the Danish Parliament’s foreign policy committee are strictly confidential. There are no notes taken in the meeting and participants must leave their phones outside the room.
As a consequence of the prank, future meetings in the committee will be screened beforehand.
Danes to host Russian culture beacon
In what is definitely not a hoax, the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has revealed that Denmark will host the big culture festival ‘Russian Seasons’ in 2022.
The news comes in the wake of the foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, meeting Lavrov in Moscow last week.
“We also welcome positive developments in the cultural and humanitarian areas. The partners responded to our proposal to hold a large-scale project, ‘Russian Seasons’, in Denmark in 2022, which is designed to present the achievements of Russian culture to the Danish public,” Lavrov said, according to TASS news agency.
Initiated by the Russian government, ‘Russian Seasons’ will feature tours of top Russian artists, exhibitions and films in the hosting country throughout the year.