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Alex Ovechkin: I don’t like to hear what people say about Russia

Jan 14, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin AP

Alex Ovechkin understands he is perhaps the biggest Russian star of the Sochi Olympics. He also knows that any statements he makes will be scrutinized.

So when asked about misconceptions about Russia, he stood up for his country but also kept an amount of secrecy.

“To be honest with you, I don’t like to hear what the people say about Russia,” Ovechkin told The Associated Press after a recent practice with the Washington Capitals. “Because lots of people say good things, lots of people say bad things.”

Russia gained attention after president Vladimir Putin passed a law banning the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations toward minors in June plus with growing Olympic costs and safety issues.

What hurts him the most?

“Again,” he said with a deep sigh, according to the AP. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

He said that if he expresses an opinion “it’s going to be forever,” will get a lot of attention, and he won’t be able to take it back.

“I’m kind of the guy who supports my country,” he said. “Whatever happened has happened. And there’s nothing I can do, nothing you can do.”

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  1. bridget163245 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Honestly I agree, there are a lot of bad people in Russia, but for every bad, there is a good.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    The Russian people are wonderful and kind (I’ve been there). The Russian government and politicians? Not so much.

    Ovi and Bryz should team up to do a “Visit Russia” TV commercial.

    • entitymn - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Great people and awful government? So it’s exactly like the USA? Sounds about right.

  3. namriverrat69 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    The difference is that we, as a country, have a higher opinion of ourselves than other countries and other cultures. This causes so many Americans to look down condecendingly on other peoples and other countries. There are exceptions but for the most part, anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding themself or they are a liar.

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