Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova, is in exile over the war in Ukraine, and in order to return home, she would have to either stop stating there is a war, or apologize for not supportingthe the military action
One of Russia's most prominent actresses, Chulpan Khamatova, known internationally for her role in "Goodbye Lenin!", has said she is in exile following the war in Ukraine.
In an interview with Russian journalist Katerina Gordeeva broadcast on YouTube on Sunday, the 46-year-old actress said she had been in the Latvian capital Riga for several weeks.
"I was on holiday when the war started," she said.
"I thought at the start that I would just wait, then I signed the petition against the war and then it was made clear to me it would be undesirable for me to go back.
"I know I am not a traitor. I love my motherland very much."
Khamatova, one of Russia's leading actresses, starred in the 2003 hit "Goodbye Lenin!" about the end of the Cold War in East Germany. In order to return home, Khamatova said she would either have to stop saying a war is happening, or apologise for not supporting the military operation.
"I don't know how to ignore what I see with my own eyes and receive from my Ukrainian friends about what is happening. This would be lying to myself and the whole world and living in untruth," she said.
Trained at the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts in Moscow, Khamatova made her film debut in 1998.
The 1999 film "Luna Papa" made her a star at home and won her the best actress award at the Russian Film Festival in Honfleur, France.
She starred in "Petrov's Flu" which played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
In February 2012, Khamatova appeared in a video supporting Putin's candidacy to be elected again as president that year.
The move disappointed some supporters although she later put her backing into the context of state support for her high-profile children's charity Podari Zhizn