The athlete is known for his pro-Russian statements and holds the passport of the LNR.
In April 2016, Monson told Sports.ru that he does not respect Gerard Depardieu, who received Russian citizenship in 2013, “although he does not like Russia.”
I do not even know if he lives [Depardieu] in Russia. No? He did it, ***** [pancake], only to get away from the tax system that he has in his homeland. And the only reason why he did it was that he is a very popular person. I do not respect him. And I will not shake his hand.
Monson is known for his statements in support of the Russian authorities. He also came to Lugansk and arranged a tournament there. The soldier received a passport of the LNR and a diploma of honorary doctorate in a local university. Monson led theprogram on RT.