April Fools' gag as Russia offers to influence your election

Need some election interference? The Russian foreign ministry is ready to help '“ or so it said on April Fools' Day.
Moscow mirth. Picture: AFP/GettyMoscow mirth. Picture: AFP/Getty
Moscow mirth. Picture: AFP/Getty

Yesterday the ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file of the purported new automated phone message for Russian embassies.

“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording begins, in Russian and English. Press 2 “to use the services of Russian hackers,” and 3 “to request election interference”.

A duty officer confirmed later that it was a joke.