"Each country has its own major wounds and tragedies. For the Ukrainian people, I think that was the Chernobyl nuclear accident. It was not something to be taken lightly."
Russian naturalized and broadcaster Ilya Belyakov (40) recently criticized MBC's recent editing of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident photo while introducing the Ukrainian team at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
On his Twitter, he said, "The caption manager puts a picture of the Sewol ferry when South Korean players enter, why didn't they include a picture of the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States? The post was retweeted nearly 6,000 times and became a topic of discussion.
In an interview with the media today (27th), Mr. Ilya said, "The Chernobyl accident is a tragedy for the whole of Europe beyond Ukraine, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It was like spraying ."
The tragedy of Chernobyl, which occurred in 1986 when he was five years old, during the Soviet regime, is considered the worst nuclear accident in mankind, killing 115,000 people.
Recently, local media reported that there were signs of a new nuclear reaction.
Hundreds of thousands of people have already been killed or injured and there are still new victims, and it was difficult for him to comprehend the fact that he had written a picture introducing the athletes at the Olympic Games, a global festival.
He said, "In addition, the Ukrainian squad went through various difficulties such as conflict, the spread of COVID-19, and the economic crisis," he said.
However, when referring to other accidents that occurred in Korea, he replied, "I do not mean to compare whose wounds are greater, but to explain that it is not right to highlight their painful past when introducing a country."
He, who has always expressed his positive opinions on various issues on social networking services (SNS), said, "I am originally interested in social issues and like to share my thoughts whenever I am convinced that something is wrong."
He first visited Korea for language training in 2003, and worked as a recruiting officer at Samsung DMC Research Center, and briefly worked in public relations at the Russian Embassy in Korea.
He also worked as a medical interpreter and actively appeared on various TV shows.
I decided to become naturalized in 2017 because I wanted to stay in Korea longer.
He said, "I liked the unique warm atmosphere I felt when I first visited Korea." He said, "I was naturalized because I wanted to live as a member for a long time rather than for a special reason."
(Photo=provided by me, Twitter capture, Yonhap News)