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If you're going to use a fake letter, make sure you can at least speak the language properly

A Russian newspaper found this out the hard way.

THE US EMBASSY in Moscow has mocked a Russian newspaper that accused Washington of conspiring to brand some Russian officials as gay.

The Embassy did this by correcting mistakes in a fake letter the newspaper published and said was evidence of the Washington conspiracy.

The Kremlin-friendly Izvestia paper has referred to a letter it claimed was written by a senior US diplomat to a Russian gay rights activist, Nikolai Alexeyev.

The paper said the letter posted by hackers reflected a US attempt to use gay activists to describe top Russian officials as gay. The US has accused Russia of infringing on gays’ rights.

The embassy responded on Twitter, correcting a couple of dozen grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and adding:

“Dear Izvestia, next time you will publish fake letters, please send them to us. We will be glad to help correct mistakes.”

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