Why you shouldn't watch The Word of the Boy: the actor of the scandalous series publicly supported the Russian occupiers
Last November, the Russian series The Word of the Boy. Blood on the Asphalt, which romanticizes the USSR, robbery, and crime. The project is openly propagandistic, but fans from Ukraine have found many excuses for it. However, there is at least one nuance that cannot be denied or shielded in any way: the actors of the series support the Russian occupiers and the war in Ukraine. For example, Nikita Kologryvyi, who plays Koshchei, recorded a pathetic thank-you note to the terrorists and murderers for "protection and security."
It is unknown from whom or what exactly the occupiers are protecting Nikita. His video message to the invaders was probably recorded in the summer or early fall of 2023, but it has only just gone viral in propaganda publics.
Kologryvyi expressed his admiration for the participants of the so-called "special operation". He also did so in a military uniform, as he was on the set of a remake of another propaganda film, In August '44.
"Dear friends, dear brothers, fighters! What I would like to say to us, the artists. We are now playing your fates in wartime, trying to do it honestly. And, to be honest, we are grateful that we can safely engage in our work, our profession. And this security is provided by you on the front line. So, what can I say? Thank you very much for taking our places there. Stay healthy! We are waiting for you to come home," said the Z-patriot and star of The Boy's Word.
As a reminder, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine first reacted to the distribution of the Russian series in the Ukrainian media space. Viewers were urged to avoid popularizing and watching film products of a hostile country, as it finances the war and promotes Kremlin narratives. The official statement reiterated that The Word of the Boy contains Russian propaganda.
Later, representatives of the Ukrainian State Film Agency also commented on the hype in the Ukrainian information space around the Russian propaganda series. They noted that the distribution and demonstration of a Russian film product "is clearly regarded as a violation of the law, which is punishable."
The remarks also concerned media professionals who "consciously or unconsciously play along with the occupiers" by advertising Russian content of the terrorist country. Among them is the well-known blogger Anna Alkhim, who boasted that she was watching a Russian TV series.
The film, by the way, stars the son of the main critic of the Putin regime, musician and frontman of the Time Machine band Andrey Makarevich.