The Russian Olympic champion called Russia "the freest country," and condemning the war as an imposition on the "vast majority.
Mikhail Mamiashvili, president of the Russian Wrestling Federation, called everyone who opposes the participation of athletes from Russia in international tournaments an "overwhelming minority" if they publicly express support for the war in Ukraine. He spewed the absurd notion that Western functionaries are intimidated and therefore support sanctions against aggressors.
Mamiashvili said this in an interview with the propaganda TV channel Match TV. The Seoul '88 Games champion called Russia "the freest country where you can express your opinion," pretending that the terrorist state does not crack down on opposition members, and that some citizens are given prison sentences for anti-war statements.
"Many colleagues are categorically puzzled as to why our athletes are trying to be deprived of the opportunity to participate in the international arena in this way. It is difficult to do anything radically. The international community, the European community must mature. An overwhelming minority imposes its rigid, destructive position on the overwhelming majority. Unfortunately, they are. They are intimidated. It turns out we have lived and are living in the freest country. Where it is possible to express your opinion," Mamiashvili said.
Earlier, the official called to "go to Paris on tanks" after the media revealed the plans of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to allow Russia to the Games-2024 in the status of the national team.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, four-time Olympic biathlon champion Alexander Tikhonov believes that it is necessary to physically harm Europe and the rest of NATO countries because of the conditions of Russia's admission to the Olympics in Paris.