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Fury as Putin swimsuit-wearing Russian model is allowed on the Cannes red carpet

The Cannes Film Festival has been criticized for allowing the pro-Putin influencer and model to walk the red carpet.

Victoria Bonya, 42, posted photos of herself attending the event, despite organizers restricting access to Russians with ties to the Kremlin.

A video from Variety shows the arrival of the model, businesswoman and influencer, who walks alone on the red carpet.

Bonya, who lives in Monaco, has happily posed in a Putin swimsuit and T-shirts.

In a recent protest against the West’s reaction to the war, she joined other Russian socialites in sharing images of themselves cutting off their Chanel accessories on their social media channels.

She said last month: “I have to say that if Chanel House doesn’t respect its customers, [why] Do we have to respect Chanel? Goodbye.’

He urged the West to “stop hating the Russians” despite backing Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Victoria Bonya attends the opening ceremony red carpet for the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2022 in Cannes, France.

Victoria Bonya attends the opening ceremony red carpet for the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2022 in Cannes, France.

Bonya, who lives in Monaco, has happily posed in a Putin swimsuit and T-shirts.

Bonya, who lives in Monaco, has happily posed in a Putin swimsuit and T-shirts.

Victoria Bonya, 42, posted photos of herself attending the event, despite organizers restricting access to Russians with ties to the Kremlin.

Victoria Bonya, 42, posted photos of herself attending the event, despite organizers restricting access to Russians with ties to the Kremlin.

His appearance at the world-renowned film festival, where only a handful of Russian media outlets were allowed in and several anti-Kremlin journalists were blocked, set off a storm on social media.

Russian entertainment outlet Spletnik said: “Twitter users were outraged that a person who publicly supports the President of Russia was on the red carpet.”

One tweet read: ‘We invited the accomplice of the regime. Hypocrisy, nothing more.

Another said: ‘Why isn’t she banned as a Putin media supporter?’

One whistleblower said: “We are not welcoming people linked to the Russian government and we literally let her attend the opening of the festival.”

Bonya has held many roles in show business, working as a TV host and game show participant, and also had acting roles, including one in the past with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

She is now seen as a social media influencer with a pro-Putin edge despite living in luxury in the West.

A representative of the [Cannes] The festival said only “a few” Russian media outlets corresponding to the festival’s “anti-war position” were approved, but provided no explanation for Bonya’s presence.

Meanwhile, Bonya accused her critics of “double standards” and emphasized that she had briefly appeared in an acting role with Zelensky.

‘Why don’t they tag me in the photos where I’m playing a movie with Zelensky?’ she asked.

Victoria Bonya is seen during the 75th annual Cannes film festival on May 19, 2022 in Cannes, France

Victoria Bonya is seen during the 75th annual Cannes film festival on May 19, 2022 in Cannes, France

In a recent protest against the West's reaction to the war, she joined other Russian socialites in sharing images of themselves cutting off their Chanel accessories on their social media channels.

In a recent protest against the West’s reaction to the war, she joined other Russian socialites in sharing images of themselves cutting off their Chanel accessories on their social media channels.

The arrival of the Putin supporter at the festival coincided with the premiere of Mariupolis 2 – a documentary that shows a close-up view of life under bombing in Ukraine.

The documentary premiered yesterday in Cannes with an emotional tribute to the murdered director Mantas Kvedaravicius by his fiancée.

‘It is an honor to present the recent work of Mantas. It’s great that the festival honors his legacy and his work as a filmmaker and anthropologist,” said Hanna Bilobrova, as she fought back tears.

Kvedaravicius, 45, was killed in April in Mariupol, where he was filming with Bilobrova, who was co-directing the project.

“We were determined to show it,” festival president Thierry Fremaux said, noting that organizers were “very adamant” in their opposition to the war.

Pointing to a badge on his chest bearing an anti-war message, Fremaux said: “I think everyone shares this position, except Putin.”

Bonya's presence at Cannes coincided with the premiere of 'Mariupolis 2', a documentary about life under Russian occupation and bombing in Mariupol.  (L-R) Producer Nadia Turincev, co-director Hanna Bilobrova and editor Dounia Sichov appear in Cannes yesterday

Bonya’s presence at Cannes coincided with the premiere of ‘Mariupolis 2’, a documentary about life under Russian occupation and bombing in Mariupol. (L-R) Producer Nadia Turincev, co-director Hanna Bilobrova and editor Dounia Sichov appear in Cannes yesterday

Mariupol has been ravaged by constant Russian airstrikes and shelling since the war began.

Mariupol has been ravaged by constant Russian airstrikes and shelling since the war began.

War looms over the festival, which has banned official Russian delegations and invited Zelensky to speak live at the opening ceremony from kyiv.

The documentary shows life in a besieged neighborhood of Mariupol, with constant explosions and shots that at times sound like point-blank range.

Onlookers are ushered into a Methodist church, where dozens of people, including the elderly and children, have taken refuge.

The men sweep debris in the churchyard and look for a generator. Seen from the broken windows of bombed-out buildings, the horizon is rimmed with plumes of smoke at dusk and dotted with distant fires.

“It’s like a family created by the community,” Bilobrova said after the screening, noting the risks they had to take to gather materials.

“They’re like, if they’re going to die, they’re trying to do something good for the community.”

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko has said more than 20,000 civilians are believed to have been killed in the city since the Russian invasion began.

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