Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin says he is not attempting to make a political badertion by voicing his help for Vladimir Putin forward of the Russian presidential election.
Ovechkin posted a message in Russian on his Instagram account Thursday, saying that he is beginning “a social movement called Putin Team. Ovechkin added that he has never hidden his feelings about Putin and has “at all times supported him overtly.”
On Thursday night time, Ovechkin painted it as a present of help for Russia.
“I simply help my nation, you realize?” Ovechkin said after the Capitals’ game against the New York Islanders. “That’s the place I am from, my dad and mom stay there, all my mates. Like each human from totally different international locations, they help their president.”
Asked if it meant he supported Putin’s political views, Ovechkin stated, “It’s not about political stuff” and that he would not attempt to be a political particular person. The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18.
“It’s not about I attempt to make an announcement, like politic stuff,” Ovechkin said. “It’s simply what I believe and what I help.”
Putin has dominated U.S. political headlines due to authorities probes into Russia’s potential interference within the 2016 presidential election and connections to Donald Trump’s marketing campaign.
“It’s not about like 100 % politics or one thing,” he said. “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.”
The 32-year-old Ovechkin is from Moscow and has usually been photographed with Putin. of Ovechkin and Putin accompanied the publish, during which the longtime NHL star says, “Being a part of this group makes me proud and it is just like the sensation you get if you placed on a Russian nationwide group jersey, figuring out that the entire nation is rooting for you.”
“I by no means made a secret of my perspective towards our president, at all times overtly supporting him,” Ovechkin wrote in the post. “I’m certain that there are various of us who help Vladimir Putin! So, allow us to come collectively and present everybody how sturdy and united Russia might be!”
Ovechkin stated he has a superb relationship with Putin.
“He respect me as an athlete, and he respect all of the athletes who signify the nation,” Ovechkin said. “It would not matter the place you play, in Russia or exterior Russia. If you signify nation in Olympic Games, world championship or it would not matter which event, he at all times have good relationship with us.”
Ovechkin has represented Russia in worldwide play 30 instances, profitable three world championship gold medals.
TASS, the Russian state information company, reported that Putin was unaware of Ovechkin’s “social motion” plans, and a spokesperson for Putin did not point out the Kremlin’s emotions on the matter.
Putin is an avowed hockey fan, who has regularly performed with NHL stars when given the chance in Russia.
Information from ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski and The Associated Press was used on this report.