Washington Capitals famous person Alexander Ovechkin introduced right this moment by way of Instagram that he’s making a “social movement” known as “Putin Team,” which he says is supposed to unite Russia and badist its present president, Vladimir Putin.
In the publish, he explicitly compares the sensation of allying with and supporting Putin to representing the Russian National Hockey Team.
The Washington Post interprets the caption:
“Personal achievements and medals – all of this nice, however in hockey, like with all the pieces, to win it’s necessary to have a group. Only a group is able to altering the course of a sport, obtain the not possible. Lately, within the Western Press, I’m noticing a comparability to Putin’s group. And , I actually preferred that comparability. Personally, I’m able to be a member of that group. I by no means hid my relationship with our president, at all times brazenly supported him.
“I’m sure that there are numerous of us that badist Vladimir Putin. Let’s unite and present everybody a robust and united Russia. Today, I need to announce a social motion within the identify of Putin Team. Be part of this group – to me it’s a privilege, it’s like the sensation of once you placed on the jersey of the Russian group, understanding that the entire nation is rooting for you.”
It’s unclear what precisely “a social movement” means in apply, however it’s a logical if unconventional step for a participant who has lengthy loved an in depth relationship with Russia’s chief. Ovechkin has tried to stay publicly impartial on all political points all through his profession, however he and Putin are sometimes seen collectively and publicly change compliments. (It’s a balancing act that significantly compelled some fast explaining when Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014.) This summer season, Putin even despatched Ovechkin and his now-wife a marriage reward.
While Putin has but to formally announce that he’s in search of one other time period, Russia has a presidential election developing in March. A month earlier than that, the Russian hockey squad (sans NHL gamers) that Ovechkin hyperlinks so intently to Putin might be the Olympic gold-medal favorites in Pyeongchang.