Russian actress Chulpan Khmatova, known for her role in the film “Good for Lenin!” In “Petrovs Flow” by her compatriot, director Kirill Serebrennikov, she left Russia and went to Latvia, expressing her denunciation of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
In an interview with Russian journalist Katerina Gordeeva, which was broadcast on YouTube on Sunday, the 46-year-old actress explained that she has been in the Latvian capital for several weeks.
“Currently we are in Latvia, specifically in Riga, because the pain that people feel, the suffering of others and the humanitarian catastrophe have nothing to do with liberation,” he said.
She continued, “I wasn’t in Russia when the war started, but I was on vacation. At first I thought I should wait, then I signed a petition against the war, after which I realized it was better not to return to Russia.”
And he considered that he has two options if he wants to return to his country without facing the possibility of his imprisonment, the first is to “stop saying that what is happening is a war, but a tragedy”, and the second is to “ask permission from the authorities for not supporting the military operation”.
She continued: “I cannot ignore what I see with my own eyes, and I know that I am not a traitor, but I love my country very much.”
Chulpan studied at the Kazan Theater School and then at the Russian Academy of Theater Arts in Moscow, later making his film debut in 1998.
And the film “Luna Baba” (1999) by Bakhtiar Khodugnazarov achieved great fame, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Russian Film Festival in the French town of Honfleur.
Considered one of the best Russian actresses of her generation, Chulpan works in the fields of cinema, theater and television.
In mid-March, Bolshoi ballerina Olga Smirnova left the prestigious Russian company, of which she was one of its stars, and joined the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and launched a national war.