Russian Olympic champion says Russia has 20 million poor people and suggests dropping bombs on the U.S.
Four-time Olympic champion Alexandr Tikhonov demanded to punish the United States for the NATO operation in the former Yugoslavia in the spring of 1999. The former biathlete called this an outrage and added that he had nothing against ordinary Americans, noting their ability to do everything for themselves.
Tikhonov said this in an interview with Sports.ru, recalling his trip to Belgrade. He complained that the Russian authorities and the regime of dictator Vladimir Putin are unable to ensure the well-being of their citizens, many of whom lack even basic amenities.
"I do not retract my words: I would have dropped bombs on U.S. territory for such a thing. This is outrage on the part of the government, although, in principle, I have nothing against Americans personally. I have friends from the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, too. One thing you can't take away from Americans, they know how to do everything for themselves. Russia is the richest country in the world. But today there are more than 20 million poor people. Where are our highways, our pensions, our salaries? They've stopped talking, haven't they? All right, let's not talk about it..." - said Tikhonov.
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