Members of the Foreign Standing Committee of the House of Representatives thought they were having a video conversation with the leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, last Wednesday. It turned out to be a deep fake, confirming Friday’s chamber record D. Volgrand.
The parliamentary committee thought that because of the Russian repression of the Navalny organization, he had seen Leonid Volko in front of him via Zoom from Lithuania, where he works. However, this is not Volkov, but the so-called deep imitation: the disguise of someone else’s head created by artificial intelligence.
The group, which includes key MPs Kirt Wilders (PVV), Kert-John Checkers (Kristen Uni) and Dunhan Kusu (Deng), D. Volgrand Speaks with a deep mock hue. The team says it is outraged and has given another interview to the real Volgo.
Members of Parliament from the United Kingdom and various Baltic states were also fooled by the fake Volga.
It is not yet clear exactly how the digital encounter came about. The lower house has announced that it will inquire into how such incidents can be prevented in the future.
Navalny ends the fast
Navalny is currently serving a 2.5-year sentence. His belief is considered internationally politically motivated: Navalny, the greatest tormentor of dictatorial Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny has been on a hunger strike in recent weeks to protest medical treatment at the prison camp. He announced on Friday that he would end his fast on the advice of a doctor. Russian officials want to classify his political system as extremist and attack Navalny’s supporters.