Daria Kasatkina: &Quot;I Want To Help Those Who Suffer&Quot;

«I want to help those who suffer»


Daria Kasatkina responded to Roman Teryshkov, a deputy in the Duma, Russia’s parliament, who asked the Justice Minister to declare her a foreign agent, following her actions. What actions? Proving to the world that he distanced himself from Russian society.

A bit like Karen Khachanov and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the first Russian number one in history. Teryushkov explained that a first request was rejected and insisted on sending another requesting that the corresponding measures be taken.

Daria said: «I had a dream. Or at least a goal. Get involved in charity, help those who are suffering now and ask for help. I want to develop the sport in my country, create the right conditions to make it accessible, ensure that the parents don’t have to wonder where to borrow money or which city to move to to allow their children to play the sport they love.

There is currently no news from the Russian government. In summary: Kasatkina currently lives in Barcelona and a few months ago she confessed in a video interview her homosexuality and her relationship with the Canadian figure skater of Estonian origin Natalia Zabiiako.

Daria Kasatkina: «I want to help those who suffer»

In one of the most moving scenes of the long interview with the blogger Vitya Kravchenko, the Russian tennis player, who has experienced a parallel season of ups and downs on the court, found it difficult to hide her concern and tears when asked if she now fears that she will never be able to return to Russia.

This is due to the fact that the Russian government in 2013 passed a law that prohibits gay propaganda and therefore prohibits all forms of LGBTQ+ pride marches, and above all provides for the arrest of activists in defense of homosexual rights.

What would happen if you were declared a foreign agent? Kasatkina could not work with children or teach in schools, hold municipal or state offices or even organize public events. On top of that, she couldn’t even invest in Russian companies or enjoy tax breaks.

“It is not good news. I hope Daria is well and that she can travel where and how she wants, ”Martina Navratilova, who had also paid the financial consequences in 1981 for declaring her homosexuality, wrote on Twitter.

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