Andrey Rublev He is undoubtedly the tennis player and, probably, the Russian athlete who has been the clearest when it comes to talking about the conflict that his country is having with Ukraine. The Muscovite has reiterated several times that he wants peace and this Friday he took another step in that direction by dedicating his victory in the semifinals of the ATP 500 in Dubai against Alexander Zverev (on Saturday he plays the final against his compatriot Daniil Medvedev). a a symbol of Soviet dissidence very famous in his country.
“Tsoi is alive,” Rublev wrote on one of the cameras of the Tennis TV production at the end of the match, referring to the singer Viktor Tsoiborn in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) in 1962 and who died in a traffic accident in Zentene (Latvia) in 1990, when he was only 28 years old. “He was an artist of the last generation who had a great following in the USSR, because his voice was really powerful. Basically, in his time there was no easy time. His lyrics basically gave people a lot of hope. I wrote it because I feel that now, at this moment, similar things are happening,” Rublev explained.
Before, he had returned to give his opinion on the war in Ukraine: “You can’t act like nothing happened, because it’s horrible. As she said all the time, it’s crazy that so many normal citizens suffer, die. It is not easy that it is happening in our time when we all have mobile phones, the Internet, social networks. There are kids who just want to do TikTok. It’s hard to understand, ”she argues. “Of course it is affecting. It doesn’t matter how you try to do other things. The only thing I hope is that soon there will be peace in all countries. It does not matter where. I hope there will be peace in our countries and in others where there are wars now. It is horrible in our time, in this generation, that such things can happen,” he added.
Tsoi, a symbol today too
Tsoi was a famous Soviet rock singer, songwriter, actor, and poet during the 1980s, leading his post-punk group Kinó, which became a cult band for Soviet youth during Perestroika., the opening process that culminated in the dismantling of the Soviet Union and its entire sphere of influence, known as the Iron Curtain. After his death, 65 teenagers committed suicide in the USSR. Currently, in Moscow, there is a memorial wall with the inscription used by Rublev, “Tsoi is alive”, and quotes from his songs. He is now considered a symbol of the opposition to President Vladimir Putin.