These Russian celebrity social media influencer twins have sparked outrage with this footage showing them ordering sushi for a homeless man so they could win an iPhone.
Twin sisters Adelya and Alina Fatkheev, 24, have previously made international headlines and post saucy snaps of them in private jets or on fancy yachts online for their social media followers.
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They can be seen in this video shoot for a competition called “We Care” (‘Nam ne vsio ravno ‘ in Russian) walking down the street in their designer clothing when they spot a homeless man in a wheelchair.
In a carefully synchronised move, they then turn to each other and say: “Poor thing, he probably hasn’t eaten for a long time.”
The pair then appear make a phone call to a restaurant and the next scene shows what appears to be a Yandex Food deliveryman turning up with a tray of sushi and a set of chopsticks.
They then stand either side of the homeless man in the wheelchair, feeding him Japanese maki before then handing him the tray, and leaving him to eat it himself using his hands.
The video ends with him praising the pair, saying: “Everyone knows that there are good people who can help.”
While the video appears to have been staged as an entry for the “We Care” competition organised by an association called the “Youth of Tatarstan”, local media confirmed that the man was a genuine homeless person identified as Yuri Zasorin.
The “We Care” competition had as prizes an iPhone XR, a PlayStation 4, an Apple Watch Series 4, and other expensive prizes.
The winning video was this touching clip by a class of local schoolchildren.
When contacted for comment by Central European News (CEN), a spokesperson for Yandex.Food said: “This is not an advertisement, we did not cooperate with them and did not know that they had ordered food from us for the video. We do not want to spoil our reputation because of this scandal.”
The twins, meanwhile, have made headlines before in 2017 when they claimed they were looking for a “disgustingly rich” husband for them to share, adding suggestively that they “do everything together”.
He was apparently born in 1973 in Kazan and was sent to a boarding school at the age of three and has no idea if he has any living relatives.
He worked as a beekeeper and later found work on a construction site before losing his job and becoming homeless for the last 28 years.
He ended up in a wheelchair in 2013 after sleeping rough and suffering massive frostbite to his legs. Despite being homeless, he gets a small disability pension, although this is not enough to get him off the streets.
The twins have been blasted by netizens who criticised the video for being a cheap publicity stunt with no intention of genuinely helping the man.
Netizen ‘Dmitrii Taran’ said: “These twins are so divorced from real life that they do not even understand how the poor can be helped.”
And ‘David David’ said: “These hens don’t give a damn about this homeless man, they wanted to get an iPhone, not help a person.”
While ‘Ivan Bakastov’ said: “So much hypocrisy in these forty two seconds.”
The comments on their Instagram page where they had originally posted the video were later disabled but the video has been left online.
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Story By: Elena Kalioglo, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
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