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Russia backs Alex Ovechkin pro-Vladimir Putin “social motion”

MOSCOW — Alex Ovechkin’s new “social motion” to assist President Vladimir Putin acquired Kremlin backing Friday.

The Washington Capitals captain stated Thursday on Instagram he was beginning a gaggle known as Putin Workforce to “present everybody a robust and united Russia.” Ovechkin added that he has by no means hidden his emotions about Putin and has “at all times supported him brazenly.”

The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18. Putin hasn’t confirmed he’ll run for a fourth time period, however is extensively anticipated to take action.

“We clearly welcome on the whole Sasha’s want to specific assist for our president, particularly from overseas,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated, referring to Ovechkin.

Peskov added that Ovechkin is “a really well-known Russian, a really profitable Russian, and we actually know that he values our president extremely.”

Личные награды и призы – все это здорово, но в хоккее, как и в любом деле, для победы важнее команда. Только команда способна переломить ход игры, сделать невозможное. В последнее время в западной прессе я встречаю сочетание Putin’s workforce, то есть команда Путина. И знаете, мне очень понравилось это определение. Лично я готов быть частью такой команды. Я никогда не скрывал своего отношения к нашему Президенту, всегда открыто его поддерживая. Я уверен, что нас, поддерживающих Владимира Путина, много! Так давайте объединимся и покажем всем сильную и сплоченную Россию! Сегодня я хочу объявить о том, что создаю общественное движение под названием Putin Workforce. Быть частью такой команды – для меня гордость, это похоже на ощущение, когда ты надеваешь майку сборной России, зная, что за тебя болеет вся страна. #putinteam

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Ovechkin, talking after the Capitals’ recreation towards the New York Islanders on Thursday, stated he did not imply his put up as a political gesture, however as an indication of Russian patriotism.

He hasn’t stated what precisely the motion will do or how it is going to be organized.

Putin is a hockey fan who takes to the ice for annual televised exhibitions video games utilizing the branding of the NHL – although in that case it stands for “Night time Hockey League.” Putin performs alongside former star gamers and authorities officers, and usually scores a number of objectives, although his opponents appear reluctant to problem him for the puck.

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