Wife of Putin's spokesman sparks outrage in Holocaust-themed ice skating routine

Navka is the wife of Dmitry Peskov, who has served as Vladimir Putin's press secretary since 2012.

The reaction online was not complimentary.

In an Instagram post featuring screenshots from the dance, Navka said that "Life Is Beautiful" is one of her favorite films and wrote, "Show this movie to your children.Our children need to know and remember that bad time, which I hope, God willing, they will never know!" She also encourages the parents to let their children watch the said movie, adding in Russian that "Our children need to know and remember that bad time, which I hope, God willing, they will never know!"

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Tatiana Navka and Andrei Burkovsky.

The wife of President Putin's spokesman has courted controversy by performing a Holocaust-themed ice dance while dressed as a Jew in a concentration camp.

However, many social media observers felt Navka and Burkovsky's performance instead made light of the Holocaust.

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An Olympic champion ice dancer is learning the hard way that it's probably a good idea to run a potentially controversial idea by a few friends before following through on it.

Many people have hit out at the routine after it aired on Russia's state-owned Channel 1.

Navka posted a series of photos from the performance on Instagram, prompting backlash in the comments. It'd be hard to argue that turning suffering into a ice skating routine doesn't have an even greater (perhaps much, much, much greater) diminishing effect.

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Jewish-American comedian Sarah Silverman expressed horror on Twitter. "Show this movie to your children!".

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