The prankers spoke with the journalist about the president’s business and his involvement in the recent Panama Papers leak. They assured The New York Times that Poroshenko is a law-abiding citizen who always pays all of his taxes and cares for his country.
Kuznetsov and Stolyarov went even further when after the interview they called The New York Times back and said the interview, in fact, wasn’t done with Poroshenko, but with a phony who wanted to discredit the newspaper for its recent article which called Ukraine a “corrupt swamp.”
In other words, the prankers fooled The New York Times again, this time simultaneously discrediting Poroshenko’s administration.
Earlier today, Poroshenko’s official spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko accused Russian intelligence services of trying to forge an interview with the US newspaper pretending to be the Ukrainian president.
"Russian intelligence services continue the hybrid war against Ukraine with the help of a fake letterhead, they tried to arrange an interview with American newspaper The New York Times, on behalf of the President of Ukraine," Svyatoslav Tsegolko said on his Facebook page late Tuesday.
Kuznetsov and Stolyarov are two guys who became famous on the Internet in Russia for setting up often funny pranks against various people.