The so-called 'Alexei Navalny employee' with whom the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs thought to speak in April was not a deepfake character, but an actor of flesh and blood.

This is evident from images that were posted on YouTube on Friday.

The two Russian comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov behind the video say it is a joke.

The parliamentary committee thought to speak with Leonid Volkov, the chief of staff of the Russian opposition leader Navalny.

Shortly after the conversation it turned out that it was not really him.

But then it was still thought of a deep fake imitation, a digitally assembled character.

In the Friday appeared Geert Wilders (PVV), Gert-Jan Segers (ChristenUnie) and Tunahan Kuzu (DENK).

The imitator is painted and is in a bathrobe in front of the camera.

During the conversation, he repeatedly asks the MPs whether they want to transfer money to his bitcoin address.

He also asks members if they want to join a hunger strike to support Navalny.

Navalny, a fierce opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in February.

He would not have complied with the duty to report that was imposed on him in a conviction for fraud.

Navalny went on a hunger strike in jail because he wanted to be visited by a doctor of his choice due to health problems.

At the end of the conversation, the impersonator asked for money again.

He showed a piggy bank.

"Do you know Mr. Big? Say hello to Mr. Big."

Wilders then remarks that "it is a good thing that this is a private meeting".

The committee has previously

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The permanent parliamentary committee has also offered to hold a meeting with Volkov.

In addition, the House of Representatives said it was considering how such incidents could be prevented in the future.

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MPs in conversation with impersonator Navalny employee

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