July 24, 2018
Honestly, I don’t know how anybody can not be impressed by the skills of these Russian prank-callers. They just keep on delivering.
A Russian phone-pranking duo claims to have recorded a call with the manager of the Yale fellowship program, who joked about training revolutionaries and took some credit for making Navalny an opposition figure.
Navalny is some astroturfed opposition figure in Russia to Putin.
On Sunday, famous Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus released audio which they claim contains a candid conversation with Timothy Stumph, associate director of the Yale Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program. The international four-month program is aimed at emerging leaders and was attended by Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in 2010.
The audio itself is unverified, and it is unclear whether it was edited or not. In what appears to be a 10-minute phone call, the prankster impersonating Polish education minister Jaroslaw Gowin is having a lighthearted chat with the man thought to be Stumph.
No verification or nothing. Just some dudes with Eastern European accents calling up random Deep State guys and yucking it up about subverting democracies.
Maybe Navalny became a revolutionary after your program,” the prankster suggested. His interlocutor is heard laughing, saying “I guess we can take a little credit for that. Though, I don’t think Kremlin appreciates that.”
Responding to the question whether Navalny was taught at Yale “to destroy Russia,” the person joyfully said: “I know! Well, hopefully not destroy, but – improve, you can say, yes.”
He seemed to have conceded to the prankster’s assertion that the Yale world fellows program is aimed against Russian authorities. “I’ve given up any hope of ever obtaining a Russian visa at this point. They would never let me into their country,” he laughed.
Yes, let us improve your country…yesssss.