June 17 – The previous captain of Russia’s nationwide workforce has taken the daring and brave step of publicly condemning Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, risking the wrath of the Kremlin and doubtlessly a prolonged jail time period.
Only a few public figures nonetheless residing in Russia have dared to overtly oppose the “particular navy operation”, as Moscow phrases it.
However Ivan Denisov instructed a Russian sports activities reporter on You Tube: “To me, this struggle is a disaster, a whole horror.”
The Russian parliament not too long ago handed laws imposing jail phrases of as much as 15 years for anybody spreading “faux information” that will discredit the navy motion.
However Denisov, who earned 54 caps between 2008 and 2016, added: “Perhaps they’ll put me in jail or kill me for these phrases, however I’m telling it like it’s.”
Denisov, who performed greater than 300 video games for Zenit St Petersburg earlier than ending his enjoying profession with Lokomotiv Moscow in 2019, stated that he “beloved his nation” and didn’t wish to go away Russia.
He stated he filmed a video within the early days of the struggle calling on President Vladimir Putin to cease the invasion, however that Russian media shops had declined to publish it.
“I even stated I’m able to kneel in entrance of [Putin]. Me, a proud man,” Denisov stated. “I used to be able to get down on my knees in entrance of him to make all of it cease.”
Russian media shops will be fined or blocked for utilizing the phrases “struggle” or “invasion” to explain what is occurring in Ukraine and through Denisov’s interview, sure phrases utilized by him seem to have been blanked out.
When Sports activities.ru. one of many nation’s most distinguished sports activities web sites, reported Denisov’s feedback, it refused to make use of the phrases “struggle” or “invasion”, as a substitute referring to his discussions as “life after February 24”, the date of the invasion.
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