“To speak to a Russian hacker, press 2” – Ministry of Foreign Affairs Answerphone

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April 1st, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
Translated by Inessa Sinchougova

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has uploaded the following answer machine message, to be appropriated “at any diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation” – business as usual, on April Fool’s Day.

“Hello, you’ve reached the Embassy of the Russian Federation. If you’d like to request a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent – press 1. To use the services of Russian hackers – press 2. To request election interference – press 3 and wait until the next election campaign. Please note that all calls are recorded for quality improvement and training purposes.”

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Not long after, Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, published the following Facebook post:

“At 3pm on 1 April, the media office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was contacted by journalists of the Associated Press, who asked to ‘officially confirm that the answerphone message is in fact a joke.’ I am kind of sorry that we ruined the celebration for AP, who were probably marking the occasion!”

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