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Russian Foreign Ministry has April Fool's Day fun with hacker scandal

A ministry duty officer confirmed that the Russian Foreign Ministry posted an April Fools joke on their Facebook page, an audio file poking fun at the hacker scandal on Saturday, April 1. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday emphatically denied allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

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A ministry duty officer confirmed that the Russian Foreign Ministry posted an April Fools joke on their Facebook page, an audio file poking fun at the hacker scandal on Saturday, April 1. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday emphatically denied allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

MOSCOW (AP) — Need some election interference? The Russian Foreign Ministry is ready to help — or so it says on April Fools' Day.

On Saturday, the ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file of the purported new automated telephone switchboard 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 ministry duty officer, who did not give his name in line with official practice, confirmed to The Associated Press that the post was an official joke.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday emphatically denied allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

The English portion of the recording begins 26 seconds into the video below.

The Title translated as “Answering machine for Russian diplomatic missions.”