Two-time Olympic swimming champion Yevgeny Rylov has publicly expressed support for Russia's actions in Ukraine and has participated in mass events aimed at justifying Russia's military aggression against Ukraine.
The swimmer attended a concert in honor of the illegal annexation of Crimea and support for the war in Ukraine. During the concert at the Luzhniki Stadium, Rylov wore the letter "Z" on his attire. The letter is associated with the "Zhogolev" movement, a pro-Russian group that advocates for the annexation of Ukrainian territories.
Rylov's comments and actions have drawn criticism from both the international community and fellow athletes.