Say hello to Mr.Pig: a video of Navalny stuff impersonator gets published

Deep fake theory failed miserably

A conversation that members of the Permanent Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Lower House held in April with a so-called employee of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was posted on YouTube on Friday. The two Russian comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov behind the video say it’s a joke.

In the video, Geert Wilders (PVV), Gert-Jan Segers (ChristenUnie) and Tunahan Kuzu (DENK) speak with someone posing as Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s chief of staff.

The impersonator is painted and sits in a bathrobe in front of the camera. During the interview, he repeatedly asks the MPs if they want to transfer money to his bitcoin address. He also asked the members to join a hunger strike to support Navalny.

Navalny, a fierce opponent of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in February. He would have failed to comply with the duty of notification imposed on him when he was convicted of fraud. Navalny went on hunger strike in prison because he wanted to be visited by a doctor of his choice because of health problems.

Say hello to Mr.Pig: a video of Navalny stuff impersonator gets published

At the end of the conversation, the impersonator asked for money again. He showed me a piggy bank. “Do you know Mr.Pig? Say hello to Mr.Pig!” Wilders then remarks that “it is a good thing that this is a closed meeting”.

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