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The Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin is voicing his badist of Russian President Vladimir Putin.(Photo: The Associated Press)

The Kremlin on Friday publicly supported Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who mentioned over Instagram on Thursday that he’s beginning a “social movement” in badist of Russian President Vladimir Putin — tabbed the “Putin Team.”

“We positively welcome (Ovechkin’s) want to specific his badist of our president, particularly from overseas,” Russian spokesperson Dmitry Peskov mentioned Friday, through the Associated Press, including that Putin was unaware of the motion.

“Indeed, (Ovechkin) is a very famous Russian, and a very successful one, and we know how much he appreciates our president.”

Messages left by USA TODAY Sports to the Capitals on Friday morning weren’t instantly returned. 

The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18.

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In the Instagram submit, Ovechkin, who expressed a robust relationship with Putin, wrote: “Personal wins are at all times good, however so far as ice hockey and every other exercise go, being a staff is essential for attaining a victory. Only a staff is able to altering the tide of the sport and doing the not possible. As for me, I’m able to turn into a part of such a staff.”

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 staff, 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 Team. 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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Speaking to reporters Thursday after the Capitals’ Four-Three win in opposition to the New York Islanders, Ovechkin famous that his badist was “not about political stuff” and that he doesn’t attempt to be a political particular person.

“I just support my country, you know?” Ovechkin mentioned. “That’s the place I am from, my mother and father reside there, all my badociates. Like each human from completely different international locations, they badist their president. …It’s not about like 100 % politics or one thing. It’s simply my view. It’s simply my emotions. I am from there, and nothing like loopy or one thing that I wish to do.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

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