Are the two Russian comedians who imitated Macron linked to the Kremlin?

A duo of Russian comedians contacted the Polish president pretending to be Emmanuel Macron. According to our information, these phone calls have everything of a psychological operation launched by the Kremlin.

We’re still looking for the joke. On November 22, two Russian comedians, named Vovan and Lexus, contacted Polish President Andrzej Duda posing as Emmanuel Macron. They then published this seven-minute exchange on RuTube – the Russian YouTube – during which the Polish head of state explains ” be careful » and indicate « that he does not want war with Russia “, before ending the discussion. The president’s office later said on Twitter that Andrzej Duda himself had “ noticed the unusual way in which his interlocutor conducted the conversation

This is not the first time that the two comedians have targeted the Polish leader. Two years ago, they tricked Andrzej Duda into claiming to be United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. This phone call had already raised many questions in the press about the security of presidential communication lines.

And Poland is not the only victim. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Stephen King, JKRowling, Elton John, Prince Harry as well that Ben Wallace British Defense Secretary were all trapped by the usurping duo. That last phone call prompted the British government to demand their banning from YouTube, accusing them of being linked to the Kremlin and spreading disinformation. The platform ended up shutting down their channel last June.

A link with a PSYOPS-classified unit, run by the Kremlin?

It is impossible not to think of a hidden operation by Moscow, as the targets and the comments made are so politicized. First of all, the subjects tackled are far from being comical: the invasion of Ukraine, the European divisions. Then, the means to contact such heads of state and ministers, usually impossible for civilians, are never disclosed.

Imagine if tomorrow, Gad Elmaleh came to call Olaf Scholz pretending to be Emmanuel Macron. It’s hard not to imagine sanctions, or at least reprimands.

Obviously, Vovan and Lexus never attack Russian officials: they have explained to Release in 2016 that they did not want ” harm their country ».

There is nothing innocent about this chauvinism. Contacted by Numerama, a source close to Ukrainian power tells us that the two comedians are classified as ” psychological operations units. The Russian government provides them with the phone numbers and these calls are part of their job

On the Telegram Cyber ​​Front Z channel, calls to harass the account of Emmanuel Macron or Nancy Pelosi. // Source: Numerama

Psychological operations units – PSYOPS according to military denomination – are not insignificant, because they are agents employed for decades by many powers. France also has its own services. On his PSYOPS page, the United States military recruiting site noted : ” Military Information Support Operations (MISO) missions involve sharing specific information with foreign audiences in order to influence the emotions, motives, reasoning, and behavior of foreign governments and citizens. This may include cyber warfare and advanced communication techniques through all forms of media

Fake Russian Propaganda Social Media Accounts are, for example, considered as psychological operations of influences on foreign populations. A phone call from alleged comedians to heads of state is also a way of signaling to the population that their leaders are easily reachable by intelligence agents. We are far from Laurent Gerra’s hoax.

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Source: Numerama by www.numerama.com.

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