Russian pranksters banned by YouTube at the request of the British government — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Vovan and Lexus chain shut down for violating platform community guidelines

Notorious Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus, whose most recent targets were British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel, had their channel removed by YouTube on Saturday.

The duo shared, on social media, a message they had received from the American social media giant, citing unspecified violations of “community guidelines”.

“Channels responsible for serious violations are removed to ensure platform security for all users,” he read in Russian.

“Unfortunately, everything has been deleted”, Vovan confirmed to Russian newspaper Izvestia, saying the ban was another example of anti-Russian censorship by the UK. He said the pair have already moved their content to other messaging platforms and apps.

Earlier this week, the UK Ministry of Defense asked YouTube to remove all videos of Wallace’s call with the pranksters, in which they posed as Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal.

The ministry claimed “the Russian state” was responsible for the prank call. He said he had posed a threat to the national security of the United Kingdom, and the Defense Secretary’s remarks had been “modified and corrected” to show him saying something he never said.

Vovan and Lexus, whose real names are Vladimir Kuznetsov and Aleksey Stolyarov, have repeatedly been accused of working with the Kremlin or other branches of the Russian state. They have always denied this and have constantly asserted that their work is purely media in nature.

In the video of the appeal released by the pranksters, the unsuspecting Wallace was asked if London would be willing to help kyiv restart its military nuclear program. He has answered, “Russia will really hate this” and assured the appellant that “the principle is [this]: we will support Ukraine as a friend in the choices you make.

He added that the British army lacked mobile anti-tank missiles due to supplying such a volume to Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia.

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Patel was also tricked by Vovan and Lexus into telling them that those in power in Russia were “barbarians”, and promising that the Home Office would step up its spying on Russian nationals in the UK.

Kuznetsov and Stolyarov have been on YouTube for years, pranking many high-profile politicians and celebrities during this time, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, Prince Harry, and Elton John.


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