Moscow police have begun checking the actions of People’s Artist of Russia Liya Akhedzhakova under the article about “discrediting” the Russian army, sources in law enforcement agencies told the state agency TASS.
The investigation against the artist was initiated due to a denunciation by the head of the Federal Project for Security and Anti-Corruption, Vitaly Borodin. In his complaint, he wrote that a video from Bremen, Germany, from the play “My Grandson Veniamin” appeared online, in which Akhedzhakova appeared on stage with a Ukrainian flag.
The artist herself said that she did not bring the flag onto the stage, but “provocateurs” gave it to her.
“What are you talking about? What flag did I come out with? Some provocateur handed me flowers, and he handed me this flag. It was in the city of Bremen, at a bow, people showered me with flowers, and with one bouquet I ended up with (the flag). At first I thought it was a scarf. The provocateurs did it on purpose,” she told Gazeta.Ru.
Liya Akhedzhakova has repeatedly publicly spoken out against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. After this, performances with her participation began to be canceled, as various “patriotic” organizations and activists complained about them.
Due to bullying, claims from law enforcement agencies, denunciations and cancellation of performances, Akhedzhakova had to leave service at the Sovremennik Theater.
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