A TV cooking show in Russia featuring a prominent chef has reportedly been taken off the air due to his comments opposing the war in Ukraine.
Former Russian MP and prominent opposition politician Ilya Ponomarev tweeted that the show “Cooking with Alexei Zimin” had been “closed” by the NTV television channel. He said it was due to “the host’s anti-war statements on social media.”
Since the start of the war, Zimin has shown his support for Ukraine, taking to Instagram to sing songs by a Russian dissident poet and posting messages on social media such as “Stop the war. Withdraw the troops. Bring our soldiers home.”
In March, The Washington Post reported that he is donating part of the income from his restaurant in London to support Red Cross work with Ukrainian refugees.
The newspaper reported that speaking out against the war, he may not be able to return to Russia “where he has been credited with leading a food revolution.” Newsweek has contacted Zimin for comment.
This is a developing story.