Last weekend, Alex Ovechkin and Nastya Ovechkina got married in a lavish wedding at Barvikha Luxury Village, just outside of Moscow. Famous Russian musicians performed in front of a guest list that included some of the biggest names in hockey. During the reception, host Nikolay Baskov read a telegram that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent to congratulate the young couple. Putin then called the Ovechkins to wish them well.
But that wasn’t all. Putin also sent the Ovechkins a wedding gift.
Not only did Vladimir Putin meddle in the US elections, he also infiltrated Alex Ovechkin’s wedding.
Saturday night during the Ovechkins’ wedding reception, host Nikolay Baskov read a telegram that Putin sent to congratulate the young couple.
“[Comey] said he’d written down his conversation with President [Trump] and handed it to the media through a friend of his,” Putin said, according to NPR and a translation by Radio Free Europe. “This does sound and look odd: the director of a security service making records of his talks with the supreme commander and handing it over to the media through a friend of his.”
Putin was speaking at an annual Direct Line appearance on state TV, in which he spends hours taking questions from a studio audience and from civilians across Russia.
While Putin made his remarks, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was spotted sitting in the crowd.
Friday was media day for the World Cup of Hockey and boy did we find a gem. Swedish journalist Magnus Nyström interviewed TJ Oshie for his podcast hosted by Expressen.
Oshie spoke at length about the USA/Russia shootout from the 2014 Winter Olympics where the Caps forward played the hero. Oshie scored on four of six shots to defeat Russia, becoming a household name stateside in the process.
“I honestly got more tired skating back to the bench then actually doing the shots,” Oshie said. “It was a fun experience.”
After Nyström revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin booed the talented stickhandler while in the crowd, Oshie hinted that he’d love for President Obama to come to a Caps game.
RMNB is only 10-percent actually Russian, but this is deeply unsettling to all of us. How “Nice Guy” Putin makes it through this sightread of the Russian anthem with a straight face, I will never know.
On Saturday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin participated in Ilya Kovalchuk’s charity hockey game, “From Pure Heart.” Also at the game was KHL president Alexander Medvedev.
A member of Sport-Express’s sports department caught up with Medvedev, asking a bunch of questions about the charity game and the KHL. At the end of their conversation, the interviewer asked a rote question about when Ovechkin and other Russian NHL stars might leave North America and come back home.
Medvedev’s answer was portentous.
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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin shared the above photo on Instagram this morning.
In the photo, Ovechkin, wearing a t-shirt that reads “No War,” holds up a sheet of paper pasted to posterboard, reading “#SAVE CHILDREN FROM FASCISM” [sic].
It sounds like an implicit message of support for the rebels of Ukrainian. Those rebels, allegedly funded and armed by the Kremlin, have been fighting against the Ukranian government in an ever-escalating war. As of this morning, there are reports that as many as a thousand Russian soldiers have now joined that war. That, it seems, is how Russia intends to save children from fascism.
In short, this is chauvinistic Russian propaganda.
The topic of Alex Ovechkin naturally came up at Tuesday’s press conference introducing new GM Brian MacLellan and new head coach Barry Trotz.
“I’m going to have a conversation with Ovi on his role with the group and how I would like to play,” Trotz said, before admitting he had some problems communicating with the Russian machine. “I haven’t really discussed that with him [though]. Actually, I talked to him when he was over in Russia and they won the World Championships, and he was at Mr. Putin’s house — I believe, or somewhere like that — so it wasn’t the proper time to really sit down and do that.”
If the Kremlin counts as “Putin’s house,” then yes Ovechkin was totally there yesterday.
Sometimes, words can say only so much. In the photos above and below, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian captain Alex Ovechkin celebrate together in the locker room after the Ruskies won the 2014 World Championship on Sunday.
They are total bros. Let’s just enjoy the moment.
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