Russian pranksters (L-R) Vladimir "Vovan" Kuznetsov, 30, and Alexei "Lexus" Stolyarov, 28, speak during an interview with AFP at a bar in Moscow, on March 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV
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The pair, 30-year-old Vladimir "Vovan" Kuznetsov and 28-year-old Alexei "Lexus" Stolyarov, regularly pull off high-profile pranks on the famous and powerful – but target mostly Kremlin foes.In September they convinced Elton John that Russian President Vladimir Putin was on the line – and wanted to meet to discuss gay rights.Delighted, the openly gay British pop star gushed online about the call, only for the Kremlin to deny it ever happened. Kuznetsov mocked her suggestion.The pair also claims to have duped Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pretending to be Poroshenko and his Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk after Ankara shot down a Russian fighter plane on the Turkish border with Syria last year.In a recording aired on Russian television, Erdogan apparently vowed not to apologize to Putin. The comedy duo claims that when planning hoaxes, presidents have proved easier to track down than ordinary people.Stolyarov traces his roots to Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains.The Kremlin has yet to return their calls.
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