Arnold Schwarzenegger’s video message urges Russians to overcome government disinformation

Schwarzenegger said he was “sending this message through various channels” to Russian citizens and soldiers, and he hoped his message about the atrocities committed by her government and military would explode. The Video posted on Twitter It has more than 15 million views.

“Ukraine did not start this war. Neither the nationalists nor the Nazis,” he said. Those in power in the Kremlin started this war.”

“There are things that happen in the world that are kept away from you, horrible things that you should know,” Schwarzenegger said.

“I know that the Russian people are not aware that such things are happening, so I urge the Russian people and the Russian soldiers in Ukraine to understand the propaganda and disinformation you are being told. I am asking you to help me spread the truth.”

He sharply criticized the Russian government for the invasion, saying that they “lied not only to its own citizens but to its soldiers” for the reasons for the war.

Schwarzenegger also spoke fondly of his experiences on the visit Russia During his film career he said that his childhood hero was a Russian weightlifter and Olympic gold medalist Yuri Vlasov. Schwarzenegger said he was 14 years old when he first met Vlasov. The kindness of his idol inspired young Schwarzenegger to keep a picture of him above his bed despite the objections of his father, an Austrian who fought with Nazi Germany during World War II.

Schwarzenegger included a message for Russians publicly protesting the war at great risk to personal freedom.

“The world has seen your bravery,” he said. “We know you suffered the consequences of your bravery.”

“You are my new heroes. You have the strength of Yuri Petrovich Vlasov. You have the true heart of Russia.”

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