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Kremlin spokesman’s son refuses to join the Russian army during a joke

The son of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to join the Russian army during a prank call with opposition activists.

The viral stunt was posted online shortly after the Russian president Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization”.

Dmitry Peskov told reporters he was “aware” of it, but said the full transcript of the phone call had not been released.

The hoax was carried out live by Dmitry Nizovtsev, host of the “People’s Politics” YouTube channel which was created by supporters of jailed Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

In the viral video, Nizovtsev called Nikolai Peskov, posing as an army recruiter tasked with calling up reservists to fight in Ukraine.

” A summons [for medical examination] was sent to you today,” Nizovtsev told Nikolai Peskov in a firm voice.

But the 32-year-old hinted he would refuse to be drafted, saying ‘of course I won’t come tomorrow at 10.00am’.

“You must understand, if you know that I am Mr. Peskov, how wrong I am to be here,” he added, apparently bewildered.

“I will take care of it on another level,” Nikolai said, before clarifying that he is not a “basic” volunteer.

“I have no problem defending my homeland – but I have to understand the timeliness of my appearance there, I’m talking about some political nuances.”

Moscow said ‘partial mobilization’ would only involve 300,000 reservists with ‘military experience’, but some citizens are flee the country after Putin’s speech.

euronews Gt

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