Elton John Responds to Russian Comedians' Prank Call on LGBTI Rights

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Elton John performs during the Outside Lands Music Festival 2015 at Golden Gate Park on August 7, 2015 in San Francisco, California. 

Aleksei Stolyarov pretended to be Vladimir Putin’s press secretary and discussed a meeting with the Russian president.

A pair of Russian comedians played a cruel joke on Elton John. According to Reuters, Vladimir Krasnov and Aleksei Stolyarov duped the piano legend into thinking he was speaking with a representative for Russian president Vladimir Putin on LGBTI rights. 

Krasnov admitted to posing as Putin’s press secretary and calling John about setting up a meeting with Putin. A day before, John met with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and expressed interest on speaking with Putin on such issues, as Russia is often criticized for its poor treatment of the LGBTI community. 

A Kremlin spokesperson denied that John had spoken with Putin’s camp after the pianist posted the following to Instagram:



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Earlier today (Sept. 17), John crafted an Instagram rebuttal. “I love Russia and my offer to talk to President Putin about LGBT rights still stands,” he wrote. “If this unfortunate incident has helped push this vital issue back into the spotlight, then I am happy to be pranked on this occasion.”



Reuters reports that John did not comment further on the matter.