Sergey Karjakin and Evgeny Malkin joined Team Putin

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in fotoracconti chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Archival photoSergey Karjakin and Evgeny Malkin joined Team Putin© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin and hockey player Evgeni Malkin said that I support the initiative of Alexander Ovechkin on the establishment of the «Putin’s Team» and join the movement.

«Always openly supported Vladimir Putin, but now can finally make it official. Putin Team. I’m on the team!» — wrote Karyakin on Twitter.

On the eve of the hockey player Evgeni Malkin also said in Instagram about joining the Putin Team. Similar statements were made by state Duma Deputy and former head coach of Russian national team on football Valery Gazzayev, the head of the Russian rhythmic gymnastics Federation Irina Viner-Usmanova and two-time Olympic champion in hockey Vyacheslav Fetisov.

Ovechkin, who since 2005, plays for the club NHL Washington capitals and is its captain, in early November announced that creates a social movement of the Putin Team. Hockey player explained that he saw this phrase in Western media and it loved him. Ovechkin stressed that the aim of the project is the Union of all supports Putin in one team to «show a strong and United Russia.»

The Kremlin has welcomed the initiative, but noted that he does not know in what form it will be implemented.

Commenting on the idea of Ovechkin, the state Department said that the U.S. «respects the right to freedom of speech and thought».