UK Russian Embassy chides Syria’s White Helmets’ Oscar win with cartoon post
Russia’s embassy in the United Kingdom took to twitter immediately after the Oscars awards to call to doubt the work done by the Syrian White Helmet workers after winning an academy award for a documentary that highlighted their work.
“Russia welcomes Oscars award for “White Helmets” film. Indeed, they are actors serving an agenda, not rescuers,” the embassy tweeted.
The Netflix film focuses on the rescue workers who risk their lives to save Syrians affected by civil war. Director Orlando von Einsiedel urged Oscar attendees to stand up to demonstrate their support for a quick end to the Syrian civil war, which prompted a standing ovation.
The volunteer workers have saved more than 85,000 lives in the conflict so far, according to the group's Twitter page.