Russian pro-Putin rapper Timati has been slammed for taking his five-year-old daughter wakeboarding without a life vest.
The 36-year-old hip hop star, famed for his pro-Kremlin stance and who reportedly loves extreme sports, shared the video for his army of 14.3 million Instagram followers.
Video Credit: CEN/@timatiofficial
The footage shows him wakeboarding, where surfers stand on a wakeboard that is towed behind a motorboat, with his young daughter Alisa.
Although the five-year-old girl is wearing a wetsuit, the video shows her without a life vest on.
At different times, Timati is seen supporting his daughter on his shoulders as well as holding her above his head with both hands.
The clip ends with the rapper throwing his daughter into the sea before jumping in himself.
The video, filmed in the Mediterranean off the Turkish coast of Antalya, has gone viral with over 2.6 million views.
Timati said that after years of trying surfing and other water sports, wakeboarding is his preferred activity.
However, many netizens were outraged by the dangerous stunt, with ‘Larisakopejkina7497’ commenting: “Why would anyone put their child at risk like that? No doubt they will soon try jumping into the sea from a helicopter.”
Otherwise however were full of praise, ‘TibiCosmetolog’ said: “Unbelievable. This girl is absolutely fearless and has incredible self-esteem.”
Alisa’s mother is Timati’s ex-partner and top Russian model Alena Shishkova, 26.
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Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
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