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Elton John hoaxed by Russian pranksters

Dmitry Medvedev, Elton John...Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, listens to English musician Elton John after his concert in Moscow on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Medvedev's wife Svetlana smiles at center. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)
Dmitry Medvedev, Elton John…Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, listens to English musician Elton John after his concert in Moscow on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Medvedev’s wife Svetlana smiles at center. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

The Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus appeared on Russian TV to release the conversation, in which Sir Elton was asked to discuss gay rights.  I’d imagine Elton was genuinely hurt when he found out it was a hoax because he sounds like he thought he could of made a difference.

But the thing about Putin and his stance on gay people – and I’m sure Elton gets this – is that President Putin doesn’t care about people being gay – he cares about his own popularity.  By attacking minority groups & saying that they are the root of Russia’s problem – it distracts from the real issue – of his failing government and the corruption that surrounds it and props it up.  I hope that this audio was played in Russia – because as far as prank calls go – it wasn’t particularly funny – but it does show how much Sir Elton cares about Russian people – more, it could be said – than Vladimir Putin.

I wonder if Vovan and Lexus thought about carrying out the same type of prank or President Putin?  Or, if they decided they didn’t fancy a long spell in a Russian prison – worse still – getting a bullet in their head – a fate that has befallen many a Russian journalist – because that is how politics works over there.

Taming the Russian Bear

Map of Crimea

If the Crimean crisis has taught us anything about how we deal with Russian’s, it is that they don’t seem to react positively to considered and measured negotiations or weak and insignificant threats.  The Russian bear is not for hugging.

To deal with the Russian’s you have to be blunt but meaningful.  There is only one way to deal with the Russians…

a) kick them in the bollocks
b) know that they WILL kick you right back

When you next resume negotiations – not only will you have their respect, strange as it might seem – they will greet you, listen and come to a mutually agreeable settlement.

So PM David Cameron – the next time you meet President Putin you know what to do?

Just a thought.

 

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Go on David…get one in quickly!!