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Exiled Russian Nigella, 52, has £1m homes seized for daring to criticise Putin’s war in Ukraine

An exiled Russian celebrity writer referred to as her country’s Nigella Lawson has seized her homes for her opposition to the war in Ukraine.

Bestselling author and influencer Belotserkovskaya, 52, is one of Russia's loudest critics of the war in Ukraine

Bestselling author and influencer Belotserkovskaya, 52, is one of Russia’s loudest critics of the war in Ukraine

Veronika Belotserkovskaya, 52, also faces jail time under draconian censorship laws that prohibit criticism of the country’s armed forces.

Chef Belonika has fled to France.

A Russian court took the assets, houses in Moscow and Saint Petersburg worth around £1 million, in her absence.

The celebrity is on Russia’s International Wanted List for social media posts “deliberately providing false information about the use of the armed forces of the Russian Federation to destroy cities and the civilian population of Ukraine, including children.”

Her messages were based on “political hatred or enmity,” the Kremlin claimed.

The seizure of her assets in a decision of the Moscow District Court Basmanny concerns the posts.

She was previously arrested in absentia – and could face up to 10 years in prison if extradited to Russia.

'Chef Belonika' previously accused Putin of hiding in his 'warm bunker, close to hell'

‘Chef Belonika’ previously accused Putin of hiding in his ‘warm bunker, close to hell’

Belonika had accused Vladimir Putin of turning ‘boys aged 18 to 20 … into the mincemeat of’ [his] imperial ambitions’.

Belotserkovskaya was born in Odessa, Ukraine, but called himself a “proud Russian” and has posted a series of ardent anti-war declarations in a country where the word “war” itself is banned.

In Russia, the invasion of Ukraine should be described as a ‘special military operation’.

She now lives in France and was the first Russian to be dragged through the courts for criticizing Putin over Ukraine.

Among her posts to her 955,000 followers, she accused Putin of waging “an aggressive war against a sovereign state.”

She said: ‘I do not consider the Ukrainian people my enemy. I consider them brothers and sisters.’

And she wrote: ‘I am absolutely shocked by how many mothers on both sides don’t want to wait for their boys to come home.’

Belotserkovskaya poses with a horse for an Instagram post.  She has become a fiery Putin critic

Belotserkovskaya poses with a horse for an Instagram post. She has become a fiery Putin critic

In impassioned attacks, she also wrote: “I am utterly shocked by the economic impact that we will all face for many, many years to come.

‘I am afraid for my children.

“I want them to live in a world without this monstrous hatred produced every day by this needless war. What NOBODY wanted!

‘Because only insane non-humans can want war.

Hate not only Ukrainians, but the whole world. We all become outcasts.

“I’m not ashamed to be RUSSIAN. I am ashamed now, as a person of the world who cannot change and fix anything. Shame on my helplessness.’

Odessa-born Belonika says she's a 'proud Russian' (photo, air raid on nearby Mykolaiv)

Odessa-born Belonika says she’s a ‘proud Russian’ (photo, air raid on nearby Mykolaiv)

“To be honest, I’m mostly afraid of the RED BUTTON,” she wrote.

‘The ‘special operation’, which could be the last for all of us, for all of humanity.

“Even in my Soviet pioneering childhood, at the height of the Cold War, I wasn’t that scared.”

Putin’s war had made her sob and sob and sob.

She wrote: ‘My dear Ukrainian brothers and sisters, I embrace you with all my heart.

“Strength and courage to you.”

She admitted she will ‘probably never go home’ [to Russia] again.

‘For the first time in my life I have encountered absolute and unadulterated evil.

“This FEAR overlaps all my previous fears.”

She described Putin, 69, as a “weary man, bored by the absolute power his obedient people carried in his mouth for 22 years.”

She said, “I was trying to understand what was going on in his head.

‘With a very simple goal: can he really push the ‘turn off humanity’ button?

‘I’ve seen a lot of interviews with him. The most recent ones are scary.”

He’s not afraid of anything. He feels good and warm in his bunker, so close to hell.

And indeed, with his hatred of freedom and obsession with imperial ideas, he believes that Ukraine is not a state, but just a rough stretch of road to eternity.

‘And it can be cleared with one of his Imperial breaths.

However, he does not understand that it is impossible to destroy Ukraine.


Sarcastically, she said the confiscation of property in Russia today (June 25) was a 52nd birthday gift from Putin authorities.

“Thanks, not very good condition,” she posted before reiterating her support for the Ukrainians.

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