A Russian functionary told how players succumb to Puting, calling it "great motivation"
Russian sports functionary Oleg Smirnov became wildly enthusiastic about the fact that he had the opportunity to go on the same ice as Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin. He called the Night Hockey League games involving the head of the aggressor country "great motivation."
Smirnov said this in an interview with the official website of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He added that everyone succumbs to the president of a terrorist state, and also recalled an incident where he received a scolding for almost bumping into Putin during a game.
"It's very honorable and responsible. It's a great motivation. And not just for the gala matches. The example of the president has inspired a lot of people to take up hockey, both in Ryazan and all over Russia. People succumb to him, of course. This is a game with elements of a show. Besides, everyone realizes that the man first got up on skates at the age of 60. It should be treated with respect and understanding, and the head of state should be protected. Let me tell you a story. I almost ran into the President once. Vyacheslav Fetisov came right up to me and warned me: "Be careful," Smirnov said with undisguised pride.
It is worth noting that Putin's Night Hockey League games have long caused only caustic trolling among fans. In 2019, the Russian dictator particularly made fans laugh when he fell during a lap of honor around the court.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, a Russian hockey player Maxim S. is arrested in Poland. He is accused of participating in an organized criminal group and activities for foreign intelligence. Because of this, two-time Olympic champion Alexander Kozhevnikov called Poles bastards.