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Vasili Podkolzin’s Instagram account is pretty wholesome.
He doesn’t post photos often, but when he does, they’re run of the mill images of him playing hockey. He occasionally posts Insta Stories, but again, those are in a similiar vein. From time to time there are images of loved ones.
It maybe shouldn’t be a surprise to find out that the video posted on Wednesday features him talking about being kind to each other, especially people who are older.
“ It’s not easy for anyone now. I’m getting groceries for Ludmila Nikolaevna today so she won’t have to go to the shops and can stay home. It’s in our power to help people. So if you have the ability, do your bit,” he says. (I asked my old friend Josh Stenberg, senior lecturer in Chinese studies at the University of Sydney , professional translator and speaker of more than a dozen languages, including Russian, to translate.)
Now, who is Ludmila Nikolaevna? Based on further research by Stenberg, it appears she is a retiree who lives in St. Petersburg.
Podkolzin, who the Canucks drafted last summer but who played this past season in the KHL for SKA St. Petersburg, is also encouraging fans to contact the volunteer co-ordination centres in their city.
The initiative to help out is one undertaken by SKA’s players as a whole and is part of a broader effort in Russia which is using the hashtag #wetogether.
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