Robbie Williams is ‘selling his soul’ to Putin, say usual UK suspects
Pop star Robbie Williams is “selling his soul” to “dictator” Vladimir Putin by performing at the World Cup, according to some of the UK’s leading Russia-bashers.
‘Party like a Russian’ singer Williams was confirmed earlier this week as one of the line-up to appear at the World Cup opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.
Football-mad Williams described the chance as “a boyhood dream,” and invited “football and music fans to party with us in Russia… for an unforgettable show.”
There’s lots of ways to make money @robbiewilliams, but selling your soul to a dictator shouldn’t be one of them. Shame on you. This message is on behalf of Sergei Magnitsky, Boris Nemtsov, Anna Politkovskaya, Natalia Estimirova, victims of MH17, 10,000 dead Ukrainian soldiers… https://t.co/gnpKHoUxrD
— Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) June 12, 2018
But his decision did not go down well with some of the UK’s most seasoned Russia-haters.
Leading the campaign against Williams was US-born British financier Bill Browder, who made millions from investments in Russia but was convicted of tax fraud in absentia by a Moscow court in late 2017.
He criticized the UK pop star for “selling your soul to a dictator” by appearing at the football showpiece on Thursday.
“There’s lots of ways to make money Robbie Williams, but selling your soul to a dictator shouldn’t be one of them. Shame on you,” he tweeted. Browder is never one to miss an opportunity to rant about Russia, and the upcoming World Cup is like Christmas come early for the millionaire financier.