Russian actor arrested by his daughter for speaking at a war rally against Putin

  • Russian actor Vladimir Mashkova speaks at Putin’s pro-war rally following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • His daughter Masha, also an actress, took to CNN to criticize him.
  • She told the network that it “breaks my heart” that her father supports the war.

The daughter of a famous Russian actor has criticized his support for the invasion of Ukraine in an interview with CNN.

Masha Mashkova called her father, Vladimir Mashkova, who appeared in Western films like “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, as well as Russian films.

He spoke at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pro-war rally in Moscow on Friday, where Putin offered a lengthy justification for attacking Ukraine and sought to rally popular support.

Masha Mashkova, who is also an actress and lives in the United States, told CNN about the war: “What is happening right now is just unthinkable…and the fact that so many Russians, including my father, believe that this violence is somehow justified – it breaks my heart.”

“It’s nothing compared to what Ukrainians are going through now, dying.”

CNN anchor Erin Burnett asked Mashkova if she could believe that millions of Russians don’t know what’s going on in Ukraine due to censorship and media scrutiny.

Mashkova replied: “I spoke on the phone with my father yesterday and now I believe that unfortunately, yes.”

News about the war in Russia is dominated by the official narrative that Ukraine is ruled by fascists, who are blamed for all the atrocities committed there.

Its officials insist that Russian troops are not targeting civilians and that the war effort is going well, claims contradicted by all available evidence from independent sources in Ukraine.

Reporters in Russia can face up to 15 years in prison for challenging the official narrative, under a recently passed law that helped shut down the country’s last independent media.

As Mia Jankowicz of Insider reported, some Ukrainians have found the Russian narrative of the war so powerful that they are unable to convince their own relatives back home that they are under attack.

Mashkova said that in her conversation with her father: “He asked me to immediately return to Russia, take my daughters with me, be a good Russian, ask forgiveness for betrayal and be the people Russian, with my people, to help fight the Ukrainian Nazis.”

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