On December 4, the advertisement was noticed on Twitter; on December 5, the video was deleted.

Shot from Microsoft advertising with Ivan Okhlobystin
Shot from Microsoft advertising with Ivan Okhlobystin

The Russian office of Microsoft has removed ads from Ivan Okhlobystin from its YouTube channel. The day before, the video was noticed on Twitter, recalling the actor’s sharply critical statements about LGBT people and Ukraine.

At the end of November, advertisements were published on the company’s YouTube channel, and the image of the actor in the form of a doctor was also on the site ( preserved in the Google cache ). On December 4, one of the Twitter users saw a Microsoft video featuring Okhlobystin on Facebook. In the story, the actor plays a doctor who helps to recover from computer problems.

The author of the tweet juxtaposed the image of Okhlobystin in Microsoft advertising with his quotes about LGBT and the Ukrainian church.

I would have shoved them all alive in the stove. This is Sodom and Gomorrah, I, as a believer, cannot be indifferent to this, it is a living danger to my children!

Ivan Okhlobystin
about his attitude to gays and LGBT community ( quoted by NGS.Novosti )

Why negotiate with them? They are corrupt creatures. What faith? What tomos ?! Strangle the traitors.

We will take everything from them, we will make them believe in what is convenient for us. They are no strangers. We always did that. Pity they have a short memory

Ivan Okhlobystin
about a quarrel between the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople and the branch of the Ukrainian Church (the quote was removed from the actor’s page on VKontakte, but was preserved in the media )
Advertising with Okhlobystin still remained in “VKontakte”

On December 5, Microsoft removed the ad from Okhlobystin and removed its image from its site. The actor did not comment, as did the advertising agency, which was engaged in the production of video and removed it after attention in social networks. This was reported by the BBC.

Microsoft supports the principles of diversity and inclusion in every aspect of its work, and we removed the video that appeared on our YouTube page, as well as all relevant content from our site.

Microsoft Press Service