Russian dancer Kristina Rihanoff, a former expert on Seriously come to danceapologized after being criticized for a tweet about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Rihanoff, who appeared in the BBC series from 2008 to 2015, wrote that she did not “give up as *** about the war” in one of the posts that has since been deleted.
“I want to focus on what punishment Boris Johnson will face for destroying my family’s business and thousands of others,” she wrote. “Many of my friends LOSE their businesses because of the government lockdown.
“Don’t say *** about war but I do about debt because I have NOT TRADE for 2 years.”
Rihanoff has also criticized a Ukrainian journalist who said her mother was fleeing the country after the Russian invasion.
“Why don’t you report all the people who have been abused in Ukraine by radical nationalists for eight years,” she replied. “Ban Russian-speaking families, terrorize peaceful Russian families that I know many living in Ukraine.”
She also wrote: “Thinking – Biden can only change diapers by himself, nothing else. Those who control him know that war is very profitable. Make sure war will happen. By all means. And isn’t it great that the UK is no longer angry with ghost parties. How convenient.”
Rihanoff has been criticized on social media for the tweets, with some followers calling the comments “insensitive”.
After deleting the tweets, Rihanoff clarified her comment in a statement shared on Twitter in which she also apologized to those she offended.
“I mocked Eurovision’s tweet by Sky,” she wrote. “I thought there was more important information on that day Eurovision. This is any form of saying that I am supporting what is happening at the moment between Russia and Ukraine.
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“It was absolutely devastating for someone like me, my grandfather from Ukraine and I named my daughter Milena Ukraine. My best friend is also from Ukraine. I grew up understanding that we are one people and one country. I don’t get into politics and hate politicians because THEY ALL LIE. Seeing this news broke my heart because I have Russian friends living in UKRAINE and vice versa. ”
She wrote that the “horrible thing” was the casualties “on both sides” of the war, saying that “this should not [have] happened” and “should never have happened”.
“I don’t support Putin, war, invasion, losers and politics,” she continued. “I hate it as much as a human can. If I offended someone it wasn’t my intention and I deeply apologize. When I was born in Russia, I abandoned it 22 years ago and [am] an American citizen.
“So you can hate me if this is going to give you any comfort but if I don’t say something you want me to say it’s sad. can not help safe life [sic]. ”
The message ended by saying: “I can only hope and pray like everyone that this will be over soon. And it’s really sad that hate is so pervasive everywhere you look right now. The whole world is on fire in it.”
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