Former boxing world champion and current member of the Russian State Duma, Nikolai Valuev, has publicly supported the attack on Ukraine and the violation of its territorial integrity. Valuev, who previously held the WBA heavyweight title, voted in favor of Russia's recognition of the so-called "DNR" and "LNR" in eastern Ukraine.
Valuev's support for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has sparked controversy and condemnation, particularly from those who advocate for peace and international cooperation. Some have criticized Valuev for using his platform as a public figure to promote aggression and undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine.
However, his public endorsement of Russia's actions in Ukraine has drawn attention to the role of sports figures and other celebrities in shaping public opinion on complex political issues.