Putin aide’s wife sparks fury with Holocaust ice dance

Tatiana Navka. Picture: AFP
Tatiana Navka. Picture: AFP

The wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman is facing a storm of criticism for performing a Holocaust the medice-dancing routine with striped costumes resembling Nazi concentration camp uniforms.

Olympic ice dancing champion Tatiana Navka, wife of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, did the whirling routine with actor Andrei Burkovsky on a primetime celebrity ice skating show on Saturday.

The dancers wore black-and-white striped outfits with numbers and yellow stars for the routine, which ends to the sound of gunfire.

The routine was set to a song from1997 Oscar-winning Italian film, Life is Beautiful, a tragicomedy about a father trying to hide the horrors of concentration camp life from his son.

The pair won maximum points on Channel One’s Ice Age show, while Navka wrote on social media that it was one of her favourite routines, and “our children should know and remember the terrible time”.

It prompted a wave of discussion online and in global media yesterday.

Historians say the Nazi skilled 10 million Soviet civilians and prisoners of war in World War 2.

“Have you gone mad? Smiles in prison uniforms with yellow stars! The audience erupting in applause.

No taste, no, tact, no understanding,” viewer Mihael Ratinsky wrote on the Channel One website.

Viki Reznik wrote: “This is terrible, people don’t understand what they’re doing. It is blasphemy,” in a comment to a YouTube video which had been viewed more than 36 000 times yesterday, with most reactions negative.

Britain’s Daily Mail wrote that the beaming grins of the dancers seemed to have little in connection with their gruesome theme, while US People magazine called it troubling.

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