The British pop singer opened today, on the side of the Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina, the soccer world cup with a performance. Williams put out during “Rock DJ” his middle finger in the direction of the camera, while he shouted: “I do this for free”. The singer was for the start of the opening ceremony frequently criticized for accepting Russian money, in order to in exchange to perform at the ceremony.
Williams received rather extensive criticism for his cooperation. Among others, Bill Browder, CEO and co-founder of the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, tweette: “in Addition to legitimize Putin by currently on to perform at the world Cup trotted Robbie Williams already on to Russian oligarchs like Alisher Usmanov and Roman Abramovich.”
Advance left Williams to record “happy and excited to be back to Russia to be able to go to such a unique performance to be able to give”. “I’ve done a lot in my career, but the world Cup opening in a stadium for millions of people around the world is a child’s dream come true.”