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

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Comedians Say They Pranked Elton John by Pretending to Be Vladimir Putin
Elton John testifies before U.S. Senate Appropriations State, May 6, 2015 in Washington. Russian President Vladimir Putin President attends the launch ceremony for a technical tunnel at the Sheskharis transshipment terminal in Novorossiysk, Russia, Aug. 20,2015.

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.