Wife of top Putin aide performs 'offensive' Holocaust-themed ice skating routine

Posted November 28, 2016

Competitive skater Tatyana Navka and her partner, Andrew Burkovsjy, glided across the ice grinning in black-and-white striped pajamas emblazoned with the Star of David and death-camp serial numbers, according to the Daily Mail.

The reaction online was not complimentary. In an Instagram post about the dance, the former Olympic champion said her skating with her partner was based on Roberto Benigni's 1997 movie - Life is attractive.

She said Life is handsome was one of her favourite movies and it was important for children to know about the Holocaust.

Viewers the world over are displeased with Tatiana Navka - a Russian figure skater and spouse of Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov - for the televised display of Holocaust-themed ice dancing she put on Saturday night, the Huffington Post reported.

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But social media users were less happy about the Holocaust being used on a celebrity ice-skating show.

Navka, as with her original Instagram post, explained her true intentions.

She wrote: "Show this movie to your children". Critics seemed to have forgotten that the forty-one-year-old Navka was 2006 Olympic champion and a two-time world champion (2004-05).

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She wrote: 'Based on one of my favorite movies, 'Life is beautiful!' She also said children need to remember and know about the Holocaust.

Tatiana Navka and Andrei Burkovsky.

They smiled throughout the routine and at one point appear to mime shooting each other.

U.S. comedian Sarah Silverman expressed horror on Twitter on Sunday, writing: 'Oh those whacky Holocaust victims (OH MY GOD)'.

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