Arnold Schwarzenegger Makes Plea to the Russian People

Arnold Schwarzenegger has spoken out amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

On Thursday (17 March), the actor shared a nine-minute video in which urged Russian citizens and military members to hear “the truth” and attempted to dispel misinformation from the Russian government that the purpose of their invasion was to “denazify Ukraine”.

The actor, 74, said: “The strength and the heart of the Russian people have always inspired me. That is why I hope that you will let me tell you the truth about the war in Ukraine and what is happening there.

“No one likes to hear something critical of their government, I understand that. But as a longtime friend of the Russian people, I hope that you will hear what I have to say.”

The bodybuilder told an anecdote about his admiration for Yuri Petrovich Vlasov, a champion weightlifter from Russia.

He described how his father Gustav Schwarzenegger, a member of the Nazi party who served in the Second World War, told him to take down a poster of Vlasov that was in his room and “find a German or Austrian hero” instead.

He said: “But I did not take down the photograph, because it didn’t matter to me what flag Yuri Vlasov carried.”

Schwarzenegger added: “[My father] was injured at Leningrad and the Nazi army he was part of did vicious harm to the great city and to its brave people.

“When my father arrived in Leningrad, he was all pumped up on the lies of his government…

“When he left Leningrad, he was broken – physically and mentally. He lived the rest of his life in pain. Pain from a broken back, pain from the shrapnel that always reminded him of those terrible years. And pain from the guilt that he felt.

“To the Russian soldiers listening to this broadcast, you already know much of the truth that I’m speaking. You’ve seen it in your own eyes. I don’t want you to be broken like my father.”

Schwarzenegger’s post also included videos and images of refugees attempting to escape Ukraine, and families making their tearful goodbyes.

7 comments

  • What Schwarzenegger is trying to do is admirable, but, and that is a big but, will any of those he is trying to reach hear him. Putin has put a clamp on all newscasts!!

  • VIETNAM VET 67-68

    WHAT GOOD IS NATO, WHERE THE FK ARE THEY, THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP SMALLER COUNTRIES WHEN NEEDED AND ALL I HEAR IS BULLSHI_!!!~ PUTIN NEEDS TO BE CUT DOIWN BEFORE CHINA GETS INTO IT SEES THAT NATO IS READY TO FIGHT IF NOT TAIWAN IS NEXT !! GO BRANDON !!!!!! VIETNAM VET 67-68

  • Arnold might want to be careful Putin has more suitcases, and spies in this country

  • As Republican, Arnold knows the NAZIs were evil… whereas Jomentia Bribery has Hitler as his hero!

  • C’mon man! Where was the indignation for the American National Press and it’s fake news?

  • People will always be people, some of them inspired and firm in their commitment to what’s provably right, others more selfish, lethargic, and more easily corrupted to believe the spin and outright lies of narcissistic leaders. It’s not hard to recognize that Putin is a demonstrably smug megalomaniac who values his power image far more than he does the welfare of less privileged others over whom he can exert unhealthy control. Such a self-obsessed leader, especially one with an inadequately interested citizenry allowing him more control over his nation’s interests than is healthy regardless of personal character, can ruin and even terminate the lives of millions. Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Tojo and others are genuine proof of that. Russians are no less moral and worthy humans than the citizens of countries permanently embarrassed by their ancestors’ never-to-be-forgotten reputations for needless murder, theft and enslavement. Putin is not Russia, and that country should not allow him to commit moral mayhem with their national image and military.

  • Arnold makes an admirable plea to the Russian people. Very commendable. It’s a shame he was brainwashed by the Fauci and the globalists during the plandemic. Remember “If you don’t get the COVID vaccine you’re a schmuck”?

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