Galkin became the 23rd person included in the list of individuals-foreign agents. He criticized Russia's actions in Ukraine and channeled funds from ticket sales to help refugees. The Kremlin said that the showman “is not on the same path with us”
the list of individuals-foreign agents follows from the register on the website of the department.
The ministry believes that Galkin received funding from Ukraine at “carrying out political activities”. He became the 23rd individual included in this list.
RBC turned to Maxim Galkin for comment.
Galkin, together with his wife Alla Pugacheva, left Russia in early March. The singer said that she was not going to emigrate, explaining that she had gone to Israel for treatment and rest. At the end of August, she returned to the country.
At the same time, the showman publicly spoke out against the military operation in Ukraine more than once. “I can’t put into words how I feel! How is this all possible, — he wrote on February 24. Later, Galkin began to give concerts, the funds from which were sent to help Ukrainian refugees.
According to RBC sources, after that the federal TV channels refused to cooperate with him. Instead of Galkin, the host of the program “Tonight” on the “First Channel” became Nikolai Tsiskaridze.
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The Kremlin believes that Galkin has tarnished his reputation because of his critical attitude towards Russia's actions in Ukraine. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “he is clearly not on his way with us.” “So far I haven’t seen any reaction from any of our competent authorities, but in statements he antagonizes himself with all of us,” — Peskov added.
Galkin was also criticized by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, and singer Philip Kirkorov stood up for him. «Small-town «guards» so pervert, “exhibit” in fear for a chair under their fifth point, which induce people to fear, squeezing them out of the country, — he said.
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Humorist, parodist, showman, TV presenter
June 18, 1976
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