The Cannes Film Festival has been condemned for admitting a pro-Putin influential person and model to the red carpet.

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

The video from Variety shows a model, a business woman and an influential person who walks the red carpet unaccompanied.

Bonya, who lives in Monaco, used to enjoy posing in Putin’s swimsuit and T-shirt.

In a recent protest against the West’s reaction to the war, she joined other Russian secular figures who shared footage of them cutting Chanel accessories through their social media channels.

Last month, she said: “I have to say that Chanel House does not respect its customers, [why] should we respect Chanel? Goodbye, goodbye.

She called on the West to “stop hating Russians” despite the approval of Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Victoria Bonya at the opening ceremony of the red carpet of the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2022 in Cannes, France

Bonya, who lives in Monaco, used to enjoy posing in Putin's swimsuit and T-shirt.

Bonya, who lives in Monaco, used to enjoy posing in Putin’s swimsuit and T-shirt.

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

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

Her appearance at the world-famous film festival, where only a few Russian newsrooms were allowed and several anti-Kremlin journalists were blocked, caused a storm on social media.

Russian show business Spletnik reported: “Twitter users were outraged that a man who publicly supports the Russian president was on the red carpet.”

In one of the tweets it was written: “We invite an accomplice of the regime. Hypocrisy, nothing more.

Another said: “Why is she not banned as a supporter of Putin’s media?”

The complainant said: “We do not welcome people involved in the Russian government, and literally let it open the festival.”

Bonya has played many roles in show business, worked as a TV presenter and participant in game shows, and also had acting roles – including in the past with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

She is now seen as an influential figure on social media with pro-Putin dominance, despite the fact that she lives in luxury in the West.

Representative of the village [Cannes] The festival said it approved only “a few” Russian media outlets that matched the “anti-war position of the festival,” but did not explain Bonnie’s presence.

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

“Why am I not marked in the pictures where I go to the film with Zelensky?” She asked.

Victoria Bonya at the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2022 in Cannes, France

Victoria Bonya at 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 secular figures who shared footage in which they cut their Chanel accessories on their social networks.

In a recent protest against the West’s reaction to the war, she joined other Russian secular figures who shared footage in which they cut their Chanel accessories on their social networks.

The arrival of Putin’s supporters at the festival coincided with the premiere of “Mariupolis-2” – a documentary showing a close-up of life under the bombing of Ukraine.

The documentary debuted in Cannes yesterday with an emotional tribute to director Mantas Kvedaravičius, killed by his fiancée.

“It is a great honor for us to present the latest works of Mantas. It is good that the festival honors his legacy and his work as a director and anthropologist, ”Anna Bilobrova said, holding back tears.

The 45-year-old Kvedaravičius was killed in April in Mariupol, where he co-starred with Bilobrova, who co-directed the project.

“We were determined to show it,” said festival president Thierry Fremo, noting that the organizers were “very strong” against the war.

Fremo pointed to a badge with an anti-war message: “I think everyone shares this position, except Putin.”

Bonnie's presence in Cannes coincided with the premiere of

Bonnie’s presence in Cannes coincided with the premiere of “Mariupol 2” – a documentary about life under Russian occupation and the bombing of Mariupol. (LR) producer Nadya Turintseva, co-director Anna Bilobrova and editor Dunya Sichova yesterday in Cannes

Mariupol has been razed to the ground by constant Russian airstrikes and shelling since the start of the war

Mariupol has been razed to the ground by constant Russian airstrikes and shelling since the start of the war

The war loomed over the festival, which banned official Russian delegations and invited Zelensky to speak at the opening ceremony live from Kiev.

The documentary shows life in the besieged area of ​​Mariupol with constant explosions and shootings that sometimes sound at close range.

Spectators enter the Methodist temple, where dozens of people hid, including the elderly and children.

The men sweep the rubble in the churchyard and choose a generator. Because of the shattered windows of the bombed-out buildings, the horizon is framed by pillars of smoke at dusk and dotted with distant lights.

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

“They think that when they’re going to die, they’re trying to do something great for society.”

Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko said more than 20,000 civilians had been killed since the Russian invasion began.

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