Published: Thu, July 27, 2017
Medical | By Rita Mcdonald

DOE acknowledges Rick Perry was targeted by 'Russian pranksters'

DOE acknowledges Rick Perry was targeted by 'Russian pranksters'

Energy Secretary Rick Perry thought he was talking about cyberhacking and a biofuel breakthrough in a call with Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has become another "victim" of Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) and Alexei Stolyarov (Lexus).

The 22-minute conversation, in which one of the comedians played the prime minister and the other one translated, began with a discussion of sanctions against Russian Federation and US attempts to help Ukraine to develop its oil and gas industry, but then took a weird turn. Besides the alternative fuel, Perry discussed underwater pipelines for gas, cyber attacks on America, natural gas in Ukraine, and even the Paris Accords, according to Bloomberg.

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Perry probably should have realized he wasn't talking to the Prime Minister when they told him that the President of Ukraine had developed a new biofuel made from home-brewed alcohol and pig manure. In the latest case with Perry, it related to Ukraine's energy security.

The phone call had reportedly been arranged a few weeks after Perry met with Groysman and his delegation on June 20. Alas, the 22-minute phone call was actually conducted with Russian pranksters. The comedians, Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov also known as "Jerky Boys of Russian Federation", have made a host of these prank calls including making prank calls to British singer Elton John, pretending to be President Vladimir Putin.

Reuters said the news of the prank call came on the same day on which the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation.

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An audio recording (below) has been posted to YouTube, but the Russian dialogue has not yet been translated into English.

I know we're in a new era of relations with Russians seeing as how the country had more influence in the 2016 presidential election than the citizens of DE with their whopping 3 electoral college votes but HOW DO A PAIR OF RUSSIAN RAPSCALLIONS GET A CABINET MEMBER ON THE PHONE?

"Negotiation is always possible", he told them. "We tried to divorce the politics from this and really just let our record stand, one that I'm very proud of". Then, in 2013 Perry was giving a speech in New Orleans when he mistakenly said he was in Florida.

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The Jerky Boys have been known to record their conversations with other famous people, calling Elton John back in 2015 and posing as Vladimir Putin. But how these two men got Perry on the line is unclear.

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