Victoria Bonya, 42, of Monaco, led the anti-Chanel campaign of wealthy Kremlin supporters in April
A high-profile Russian influencer who took part in a high-profile social act to slash her old Chanel handbag in protest of Western sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s war has scoffed at her new purchase.
Model Victoria Bonya, 42, from Monaco, who has 9 million followers, spearheaded the anti-Chanel campaign led by wealthy Kremlin sympathizers in April.
She said at the time in English: “I have to ask: if the house of Chanel doesn’t appreciate its customers, why should we respect Chanel? I will see you later.
In her opulent residence, she was seen tossing the bag.
The entrepreneur who prefers to live in the West and admires Putin said she had “never seen a brand behave so disrespectfully towards its customers”.
However, after sharing footage of herself in a vehicle with a Chanel bag while on vacation in Dubai, she has now been accused of being ‘hypocritical’.
Her followers called her a “hypocrite” because the new bag appears to be an exact replica of the one she ransacked.
Russian social media is awash with criticism, with one commenter claiming his shattered baggage “has been rekindled”.
Another person said: ‘So pitiful. Disgusting.’
There was one more: “She had to buy a new bag right away.”
Due to the closure of Chanel in Moscow and other major cities, the majority of Russians cannot buy the brand, and even when traveling abroad they are not supposed to be offered for sale to residents of Putin.
Where do you find Chanel handbags, Bonya? He questioned her.
Someone else asked, “Is Chanel back?”
She was accused of “hypocrisy” and “double standards”.
Did she glue it together, a story in Antiglianets questioned?
Ksenia Sobchak, Russia’s biggest opposition leader and former presidential candidate, made the joke, “How to DIY a Chanel bag.”
Bonya was one of many wealthy Russian women who lost it in April when their favorite brand barred them from making additional purchases.
They only talk about their personal clothing trauma caused by Putin’s invasion, not the hundreds of Ukrainians or Russian soldiers who died and were injured in the conflict that led to the sanctions.
As well as leaving Russia, the French luxury retailer has banned sales to well-to-do compatriots of Vladimir Putin when they travel to shop abroad.
They said the decision to exclude them from buying Chanel smacks of “Russophobia”.
When she joined Ms Bonya’s stunt in April, Marina Ermoshkina, 28, said: “Not a single thing or brand is worth my love for my nation.”
DJ Katya Guseva, 39, also ripped open her Chanel handbag and said, “Bye-bye, Chanel.”
TV host, public relations specialist and actress Marina Ermoshkina, 28, expressed her fury to her 299,999 subscribers when she learned that Russian women were required to sign a pledge in Chanel boutiques at the foreigner promising not to wear or advertise the brand in Russia.
She ripped open her accessory bag with sturdy scissors and said, “Not a single thing or brand is worth my love for my nation and my self-respect.”
I say ‘no’ to Chanel, said DJ Katya Guseva, 39, who has 587,000 followers on Instagram.
“I oppose both racism and racial segregation,” you will say.
I’m just going to tear this bag apart to prove to you that I’m serious.
I don’t need it anymore. “Goodbye, Chanel.”
Influencer Yana Rudkovskaya, 47, a producer of musical performances in Moscow and wife of Olympic figure skating champion Alexander Plyushenko, was appalled but did not blame Putin.
She considered the ban “quite embarrassing” considering how much money she had spent at Chanel over the years.
Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, accused Chanel of supporting “the Russophobic effort to ‘cancel Russia’.”
She pointed out that “Coco Chanel herself was a collaborator and agent of the Third Reich throughout World War II”.
She said that Russia was fighting fascism in Ukraine.
At the time, Chanel’s French headquarters said European and Swiss bans on luxury goods had prompted them to act.
The sale of luxury goods to any natural person, legal entity or organization in the Russian Federation or for use in the Russian Federation is prohibited under the most recent sanctions limitations of the European Union and Switzerland, according to a statement.
In order to “ensure that the things they buy would not be used in Russia”, consumers were questioned.
The company acknowledged that some consumers may face difficulties due to efforts to comply with the legislation.
We apologize for any misconceptions or issues that may arise from the process and are currently trying to improve it.