Elton John's call with 'Vladimir Putin' was actually a prank

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

It seems Elton John might not have gotten a phone call from Russian leader Vladimir Putin after all.

On Tuesday, the legendary pop star posted a message on Instagram thanking Putin for calling him to discuss gay rights in Russia and inviting him to Moscow, but a Putin spokesman says that wasn't Putin.

Now, two Russian pranksters say they fooled John into thinking he was talking to the Russian president. The two are known for prank-calling Russian and Ukrainian celebrities for TV shows.