On Friday, a Twitter address by Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Russian people was one of the top Twitter trends in Russia, eliciting a variety of reactions.
He warns the Russian people that they are being fed false information about their country’s invasion of Ukraine in the letter. He claims that the Kremlin lied to them by claiming that the invasion was meant to “denazify” Ukraine.
The war was started by “those in power in the Kremlin” not Ukraine. “You started this war, and you can stop it” he says directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The actor-turned-politician urges people to see through disinformation and propaganda in the nine-minute video, which features footage of killings and destruction in Ukraine.
“I’m speaking to you today because there are things going on in the world that are being kept from you, terrible things that you should know about,” he says.
“Ukraine did not start this war, neither did nationalists or Nazis,” the former California governor says, noting that the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is Jewish. “This is not the Russian people’s war.”
The former bodybuilding champion from Austria, whose film Red Heat was the first to be shot in Moscow’s Red Square, expresses his love for the Russian people.
So far, the video has received nearly 24 million views and over 310,000 retweets, and it is one of the top Twitter trends in Russia on Friday morning. The Kremlin’s Russian and English-language Twitter accounts are among the actor’s followers. Russians who oppose the war have praised his remarks.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger has a unique ability to persuade, respect, and converse with anyone. Intelligence, power, and justice. Take a look. Consider this. Recognize, “According to opposition politician Lev Shlosberg on Telegram.
Barack Obmana, a pro-Kremlin spoof account on Twitter, has a different perspective: “The US State Department believes that the views of paid US talking heads are extremely important to us. The second half of Hollywood will say… for a certain amount of money No, it will not; they will be barred from entering the country because there are only Anglo-Saxon Reich opinions in the United States, and Arni is dressed as a police officer.”
Russia has repeatedly stated that the conflict in Ukraine is a “special operation” to protect Russian-speaking Ukrainians.