This is Andrey Rublev who 's ranking got as high as Number 5 in the world last September, and has won 9 ATP singles titles, and the Olympic Gold medal in mixed doubles in 2020. While we can't confuse this with the impassioned passivist rhetoric of Rev. Desmond Tutu, or Mahatma Gandhi, the guy definitely had something on his mind to communicate. I feel for so many Russians who are going to pay some very expensive prices for a war they never sought, no thanks to a leader who long ago stopped caring what they sought or didn't.
If I remember history the Russian people have long been under the rule of tyrants. They had had enough in the late teens of last century. There seems to be a groundswell of dissent and a strong authoritarian response from the ‘authorities.” Political challengers disappear or are poisoned/jailed on trumped up charges. I’m willing to give the Russian people a little more leeway in this instance. The stories coming out of Ukraine are inspiring.The Russian people aren't blameless, this isn't the first county Russia has invaded. They have stood by for 20 years while Putin has slowly but steadily moved towards this moment. This is not Putins war it is Russias war the time to speak out has long passed.
The Russian people aren't blameless, this isn't the first county Russia has invaded. They have stood by for 20 years while Putin has slowly but steadily moved towards this moment. This is not Putins war it is Russias war the time to speak out has long passed.
I suspect it was an impulsive act and it just called for peace instead of war so it may not have been intended to be political as it actually is. For all we know, his brother is soldier or fighter-pilot, and his one of his best friends lives in harm's way.That tennis player made a bad career move.
No one directly or indirectly can criticize that (100% heterosexual -- as he likes to remind us) madman & get away with it.
All one can do is to shake one's head at Russia's sad, sad history of brutes like Stalin and now that unhinged individual.
It is astonishing to see even a few individuals voice opposition in public (unless they were put there by the government to show the world that Russia is a democracy that allows dissent!).