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    Russia Invades Limpopo! How Russian Pranksters Played Up US Congresswoman

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    The internet has received its latest video of two Russian jokers who have become well-known for their prank phone calls to celebrities and world leaders. This time it was with US Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the one who earlier claimed that "Putin is continuing to advance into Korea" and who now believed that Russia has invaded an African river.

    A pair of notorious Russian phone pranksters known as Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) and Alexei Stolyarov (Lexus) have posted a video of their talk with a new victim.

    This time it was a conversation with US Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California), the one who'd earlier claimed that "Putin is continuing to advance into Korea."

    By introducing himself as "Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine, one of the pranksters started off by informing the clueless Congresswoman that President Putin has now invaded both eastern and western Ukraine, bringing his regular army into the cities of Donetsk and Lvov (Lviv).

    However, what made the conversation go viral online is the caller's claim that Russia has interfered in the internal politics of Limpopo. Russian hackers, he said, broke into the server of the vote-counting system in the African country of Limpopo, and installed "their political puppet Ai Bolit" as president, "doing more damage to the poor country than they did to the US."

    Russian pranksters (L-R) Vladimir Vovan Kuznetsov, 30, and Alexei Lexus Stolyarov, 28, speak during an interview with AFP at a bar in Moscow, on March 14, 2016
    Russian pranksters (L-R) Vladimir "Vovan" Kuznetsov, 30, and Alexei "Lexus" Stolyarov, 28, speak during an interview with AFP at a bar in Moscow, on March 14, 2016

    Maxine Waters took the news without any surprise, so the prankster went even further to claim that Putin's advisers, Vovan and Lexus, were in charge of the operation.

    The acting president of Limpopo, the prankster continued, who lost the elections, is now afraid for his life and wants to move to Ukraine.

    What made the conversation go viral was that, in fact, Limpopo is not a country but rather a river in South Africa which featured in the popular Soviet children's story, Ai Bolit written by Korney Chukovsky.

    ​Ai Bolit, whose name can be translated as Ouch, it hurts, is not an African dictator but rather fictional kind doctor who rushes off to Africa to treat sick animals. In many ways he is similar to Doctor Dolittle, the character created by Hugh Lofting.

    The character has become a recognizable feature of Soviet and later Russian culture. The doctor's appearance and name are used in the brand names, logos, and slogans of various medical establishments, sweets, etc.

    ​Ai Bolit's antagonist, the evil pirate Barmaley, became an archetypal villain in Russian culture. Hence, within minutes there have appeared accounts of both Ai Bolit and Barmaley in the social media.

    The users have rushed to tweet for the famous characters. One of the users offered the doctor's presidential program: "My program of further development is very simple: the whole savanna goes to the monkeys, all the swamps to hippopotamuses, meanwhile all the elephants get hit on their ears and zebras – on their ribs."

    ​Meanwhile "Barmaley" posted a picture of "thousands of Americans who took to the streets in support of the legitimate government of Limpopo and against the Russian aggression towards his home country."

    ​Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova also was quick to respond.

    "President Ai Bolyt from Lim-Po-Po country… Russian fairytales are becoming truth. God, don't leave America!" reads the post on her Facebook page.


    Commenting on the conversation, Vladimir Kuznetsov told Sputnik that the constituetns of Maxine Waters' home district should certainly listen to the conversation.

    "A congresswoman represents the interests of her home country. People should certainly listen to the nonsense told by the person who represents California, one of the largest US states, with a population of 35 million people," he told Sputnik.

    He further explained that it would be normal for her not to know political geography and the world if she was only involved in the internal affairs of California. However she often tweets about Russia and Ukraine and the alleged Russian aggression, anti-Russian sanctions and so on.

    "If you are involved in the US foreign policy and make some foreign policy remarks without knowing elementary geography, it is stupid and idiotic," he said.

    ​The prankster admitted that the idea to call Maxine Waters came after they heard her comments about "Russia's advance in Korea", out of curiosity, to learn whether she really meant what she said.

    In a separate comment on the issue, political analyst Alexander Kon'kov noted to Radio Sputnik that "we thought we have reached the limits of absurd, however no."

    ​"I think it is becoming clear to all thinking people, to those who try to rely on common sense, that the issues of Russia's influence on the matters of other countries could be seriously discussed only by fringe politicians or by people with blinkered consciousness, like congresswoman Maxine Waters," he told Sputnik.

    He further noted that she has all the chances to be ranked among such people as Jennifer Psaki as she has demonstrated her political impropriety.

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    • rodneswicksculptor
      Maxine Waters is on several prescription drugs and also is a complete corrupt idiot and should have never held office. Her position was bought and paid for! She is a George Soros Pawn.
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      Guido C.
      Absolutely great! Free Limpopo! Stop the ugly Putin! :-)
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      Congresswoman Waters unfortunately represents a district in South Central LA, that sports one of the nation's highest crime rates and poverty levels. Drug gangs, Bloods and Crypts, rule the streets, pushing dope into neighborhoods and schools. While all of this has been going on in her district for decades, while Maxine Waters focuses instead on Donald Trump's relationship to President Putin. Worse, she has no shame.
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      If she says nothing to the effect, it is not a prank. You guys are becoming quite silly !
    • NightStalker
      Limpopo is also the name of 1 of the provinces (states as known by Americans) in my country, South Africa
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      Russian media is outing US elites as idiots. That's why the US elites are furious.
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      I suppose it says something about education in the us as well as how well the representatives of the people are on the ball.
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      It couldn't have been too difficult, MxWaters has got to be one of the, if not the, dumbest and most corrupt politician in CA, but I bet they really enjoyed it! And it goes to shoe just how inept US politicians, particularly on the democratic side of things, are captivated by anti-republican possibilities. And these fools get paid by the taxpayer!
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      Perhaps it just shows the level of intellect of those "serving" the country. All puppets. And well trained too.
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      belgradetowerin reply toGuido C.(Show commentHide comment)
      Guido C., shame on Putin to invade Limpopo:))))))))))))))))))
    • Adrienne Adonisin reply toprometheus(Show commentHide comment)
      prometheus, Maxine waters has done crap to fix her own black neighborhood she supports........ there is no excuse for her not doing the right thing to her people. Trump wants to clean up inner cities and when he makes a dent and does something positive Maxine waters is going to look even worse in front of her black folks. This is what she is worried about. A pure looser....what fool would fall into a trap of the Limpopo prank. ? Just shows you she know nothing ! Just a loud mouth lap dog for george Soros !
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      Waters is like so many in Congress who make politics a career instead of serving the interests of the people. They spend most of their time raising money for the next election cycle. And where are those sources of money coming from? Certainly not from the citizens of her district. My Congressman is a Democrat who relies on the Financial Services industry to get reelected. That is why he refuses to support Glass-Steagall legislation that would create a two tiered banking system, separating commercial banks from investment banks. Let them choke on their own swill. The American people have spoken. We want a new direction away from the liberal agenda Obama and company took us on. That's why we voted for Trump and that's why we will stand by him all the way.
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      The Kolokolo bird is an endangered species on the grey, green, greasy Limpopo. We should be aware.
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      I dont think this is very professional. if somebody in USA played a similar joke on Putin he would be in jail by now. Putin is a very smart man and I have respected him as to how he has developed his country so fast in aerospace and defense unlike us Americans. If I was him I would ensure that I should not allow anybody to insult any world leader particularly Maxine Waters a very fine woman of extremely good character. Look at the heart people before insulting nor some narrow view of thinking. This is an outright insult.

      These kind of jokes only show a very childish attitude and only hurts Russia because it isolates Russia.This further aggravates anti Russia sentiments here in USA among its people.
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