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Reigning World All Around Champion Angelina Melnikova Poses With Z Symbol At Russia's Victory Day

Reigning World all around champion Angelina Melnikova took to Instagram to celebrate Victory Day, a national holiday in Russia commemorating...


Reigning World all around champion Angelina Melnikova took to Instagram to celebrate Victory Day, a national holiday in Russia commemorating the Soviet Union's defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.


Melnikova, who seemed to attend the military parade, uploaded photos of herself with war veterans while holding a card that featured the symbol Z which has been
 a staunchly pro-war symbol of President Putin's invasion of Ukraine since the early weeks of the war.


The 21 year old gymnast also uploaded vintage photos of the veterans and thanked them for their service while wishing her followers happy holidays.


"Happy holiday! Happy Victory Day! thank you for the peaceful sky over golovoy," she wrote on her Telegram according to Google Translate. "77 years ago the whole world was liberated from fascism".

"We will always remember and thank you."





Last month, Angelina Melnikova along with fellow Russian gymnast Nikita Nagornyy filed an appeal against the decision taken by the FIG Executive Committee not to allow Russian athletes and officials, including judges, to take part in FIG competitions or FIG-sanctioned competitions from 7 March 2022 until further notice.

The Olympic Tokyo champion has said before that the Russian gymnasts continue to train hoping that the situation will get better stressing that sports and politics should not be mixed.

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