icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Ayn Rand of Instagram? Russian model Bonya says minimum wage workers 'alcoholics & beggars,' urges state help for businessmen

Ayn Rand of Instagram? Russian model Bonya says minimum wage workers 'alcoholics & beggars,' urges state help for businessmen
No stranger to controversy, Russian celebrity Viktoria Bonya has again caused a stir, labelling people on minimum wages “alcoholics and beggars.” She’s opposed to constitutional changes guaranteeing incomes for the lowest-paid.

The wealthy star believes business owners are more deserving of state aid than the poor. President Vladimir Putin has made proposals that will be put to the people in a vote on July 1 and would enshrine a minimum wage in the constitution.

“We first raise the minimum wage, hand out money to all sorts of alcoholics and beggars, and then we cry about why we all suck,” she said. “It would be better if they helped businessmen who work.”

In the opinion of Bonya, the state should not decide what the minimum wage is, and she goes on to explain that “[the government] gives out money to any idlers, alcoholics, drug addicts just because they live in Russia.”

“I communicate with a huge number of top businessmen, and even from the Forbes list. And you know, they all have the same opinion: why should all the rogue Russian people sit on our necks?” she said.

In recent months, the model and former reality TV star raised a few eyebrows with comments on a variety of topics. In March, Bonya came in for criticism after claiming that the potential for Covid-19 to wipe out half of the planet was “not so scary.” In April, she took to Instagram in support of a 5G-related Covid-19 conspiracy theory, claiming that 5G is making people sick, “in order to then vaccinate everyone and install chips in everyone.”

Also on rt.com Not so scary! Russian model says if Covid-19 wipes out half of humanity, the planet will benefit

Originally famous for her stint on the massively popular reality show ‘Dom-2,’ Bonya successfully translated her success into mainstream culture and is often seen on TV and in tabloid media. She has a daughter, now aged eight, with Alexander Smurfit, the son of Irish tycoon Michael Smurfit.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.

Podcasts