Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) and Alexei Stolyarov (Lexus) took a virtual tour of European capitals.
Photo: Mikhail FROLOV
Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) and Alexei Stolyarov (Lexus) went on a virtual tour of European capitals, talking to the mayors of several cities at once. They all complained to “Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski” about a lot of problems, from the consequences of a harsh winter to a drop in the level of support for Ukraine among the population.
A series of jokes that Vovan and Lexus called “Eurotrip” and have already posted in their official groups “Vkontakte”, Telegram and on the Rutube channel.
The first interlocutors of the Russian pranksters were high-ranking officials from the Dutch municipality of The Hague: the director of international relations Wim Jenson and his colleague Henry Thurlow, responsible for energy supply, who confirmed that electricity prices and utility bills Public services for residents of The Hague have increased several times.
Jenson admitted: “Many Ukrainians come to the Netherlands, mainly to The Hague. So that’s also a problem we’re dealing with. Our problem is much more than energy prices. We have a problem with the central government, which places many responsibilities on municipal governments, and the budget is much less than necessary. In the long run, we feel we have a deficit. Our problem is that the national government does not give us enough funds to solve the tasks that it presents to us”.
Mayor of Dublin. Photo: t.me/Russiacalling
The Irish Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy, is also horrified by the impact of the energy crisis: “The cost of oil and gas has risen and everyone in Ireland has been affected. If we don’t stop using Russian oil and gas, we will actually finance the conflict. This is a very difficult situation… I am not sure that we can overcome the crisis. People face a lot of problems.”
Mayor of Athens. Photo: t.me/Russiacalling
The mayor of the Greek capital, Athens, Kostas Bakoyanis, links the rise in prices in the country with the growing social tension: “Next winter will be even more difficult, especially in the context of energy prices and supplies. The Greek position on the conflict is quite clear… We provide military and financial assistance to Ukraine, we work closely with our NATO partners. We provide the naval port in Alexandroupolis, which is the main center for the re-equipment and supply of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But there is a feeling that our population is losing enthusiasm. This was to be expected.”
Mayor of Bern. Photo: t.me/Russiacalling
Prosperous Switzerland has problems of a different nature: The well-fed Swiss selectively accept Ukrainian refugees, trusting the rich. And now the mayor of Bern, Alec von Griffenried, finds himself at a crossroads and tells the jokers that he is for “the fight against the oligarchs, for a tougher policy”.
The most optimistic of all was the mayor of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, Yordanka Fandykova: “Sofia has a very democratic spirit, unlike other parts of the country. When people start to suffer, they start to question democratic procedures. We have pro-Russian forces. ” And she agreed with the interlocutor’s proposal to stop funding humanitarian programs in support of Ukrainian refugees in order to redirect these funds to solving urban problems.