"Sanctions helped us". In Russia, the minister declared Russia's greatness and became a laughingstock online
Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matitsyn said that sports sanctions helped Russia realize its resources. During the gala evening of the Russian Union of Athletes in Moscow, the official noted the greatness of the country, not missing the opportunity to humiliate Putin.
"As you know, our president is the most athletic. We have to justify his trust because sport has always been at the forefront. Today is also a very difficult period, not only because of the sanctions. Sanctions helped us realize our resources, our reserves. We are the leaders of world sport and we are self-sufficient," Matytsin said in an interview with his propagandists.
The head of the Ministry of Sports added that the title of Russian champion should be proud of the same way as the title of USSR champion used to be.
The minister's words provoked ridicule from his countrymen.
"This character seems to be the most blissful of all the ministers", "Our favorite heading is 'sanctions are good for us'! We are so self-sufficient that we still haven't learned how to make more or less decent equipment like skis, not to mention more complicated things!" users write.
Fans sarcastically ask whether world sport is aware of Russia's greatness.
"We are the leaders of world sport without competing with athletes from most of the world. Logic is fire. According to it, I am the boxing champion in my neighborhood because I don't leave the doorway and cannot be beaten, proving the opposite," the fans say.