Yulia, a young Russian influencer on vacation in Austria, posted videos on Telegram where she made fun of Ukrainian women she met on the street. In the process, the Booking platform deleted all the hotel reservations of the concerned.
The backlash will have been quick. A Russian influencer, followed by more than 90,000 people on Telegram, posted a video on August 8, 2022 of herself mocking two young Ukrainian girls on the street. She sings ” Russia will win », « Let’s have a referendum in Kherson (occupied region of Ukraine)” before insulting them. The scene takes place in Austria, in the city of Salzburg.
The next day, a new video was posted on his channel, this time with a different tone. The young woman explains that all her reservations in Vienna, made on the Booking site, were canceled during the day and that she will not be entitled to refunds. After making a complaint to the hotel platform, she continues with another video in which she declares: “ You ruined my vacation you bitches ».
Telegram, a network favored by Russians
The Telegram app was already widely used in Russia. Since the invasion, the application has become the most popular messaging service in the country. Many channels broadcast images of the fighting, of the dead, whether Russian or Ukrainian, and also serve as a propaganda relay for the Kremlin. The outspokenness on the platform attracts many extremist groups.
Yulia, the influencer, had also declared on her channel (Telegram) that she was leaving WhatsApp and Instagram for Telegram. She invited all Russians to do the same. On her channel, she spread many messages of hatred towards Ukrainians, denying the existence of the country and justifying the invasion. The young Russian lives in Germany and distinguished herself last May by displaying a flag of the country in front of a demonstration of Ukrainians in Munich against the invasion. After Booking’s announcement, which she found disappointing, she reportedly deleted her channel on August 9.
Source: Numerama by www.numerama.com.
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