Russian actress who played Belarusian protester on NTV for money apologizes

Russian actress Yekaterina Shmakova has apologized to Belarusians on her Facebook page. She played the “irritated Belarusian” in Tigran Keosayan’s propaganda program “International Sawmill”, broadcast on the Russian NTV channel. The program is hosted by Keosayan’s wife Margarita Simonyan.

During a conversation with Keosayan, Shmakova’s character said that she did not have enough money, and at the rallies “they pay little.” According to the girl, she personally is not satisfied with “small tits”, but due to the lack of alternative events, she goes to protests against Lukashenka. In addition, she attends rallies to get to know the riot policemen. “The simple men there are strong. When they hug you, you’ll feel it,” said the heroine of the program.

The “annoyed Belarusian” explained the white-red-white flag painted on her cheek by the fact that she was a fan of Spartak.

The actress Yekaterina Shmakova published her apologies on Facebook. In a video message, she said that she wants to ask for forgiveness “publicly in front of all the people of Belarus, women.”

“I am terribly ashamed of what I have done. I am ashamed that my personal morality was violated. To justify myself by the fact that I get the text three minutes before the camera starts rolling is no longer relevant. I just sincerely apologize to all people. I know how much it hurts you. It was terribly ungodly of me,” said the actress, crying.

Earlier, an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Foundation claimed that the editor-in-chief of the pro-Kremlin Russia Today TV channel Margarita Simonyan and her husband Tigran Keosayan earned 720 million rubles in three years, including on the production of the “International Sawmill” program.