'World's strongest girl' turned Putin cheerleader seen at despot's flop Victory Day parade after returning from front | The Sun
A WOMAN once dubbed the world's strongest girl was spotted at Russia's Victory Day parade after turning into a cheerleader for Vladimir Putin.
Maryana Naumova shot to fame as a teenager when she started competing in bodybuilding contests.
She began pumping iron at the tender age of ten and by 13 could bench-press 240lbs while weighing in at only 130lbs.
Aged 15 she bench-pressed 330 pounds at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous strength competition.
But Maryana turned her back on her former hero and blasted him over his support for Ukraine before heading to the war-torn country.
She has since been pictured posing with guns, clad in a bulletproof jacket, on the frontline.
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The ex-bodybuilding champ had also repeatedly peddled unverified claims about Putin's invasion.
Having returned from Ukraine, Maryana was pictured grinning as she watched Putin's flop Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square on Tuesday.
She said in a social media post she was "overwhelmed with emotions".
Maryana added: "This is a reminder to the world that the truth always wins. so it was, and so it will always be.
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"No matter how hard we try to rewrite history, we all know how great and immortal the feat of our ancestors is, and we will always remember this.
"And on Victory Day, we are all approaching a new Great Victory together."
Putin this year rushed through a speech as he opened a diminished parade to mark Russia's victory in World War II.
Far fewer troops and a solitary rusting tank dating from the war were on display amid tight security after a suspected assassination attempt on the tyrant.
A solitary WWII vintage commemorative T-34 was the only tank that took part and instead of the usual show of armoured might, it was followed by just 10 armoured jeeps.
The usual flypast over Moscow and other cities was cancelled again, after a lack of trained pilots grounded it last year.
Russia has lost an eye-watering 10,000 military vehicles since Putin unleashed his Ukraine bloodbath.
That includes almost 2,000 tanks, 2,300 infantry fighting vehicles, 3,00 armoured personnel carriers and 2,00 multiple rocket launchers.
The massively scaled back event saw fewer than 50 vehicles compared to more than 200 on a normal year in a humiliating blow to Putin, whose army has 1000 tanks left.
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