Ksenia Sobchak spoke about the scandal that the consul of Norway Elisabeth Ellingsen made at the Azimut hotel in Murmansk.
The Mash telegram channel was the first to report on the conflict between the representative of the diplomatic department and the hotel staff. The reason for Ellingsen's dissatisfaction was that she, like other visitors, was asked to wait until the maids finished cleaning the room. However, the consul demanded to provide her with a room immediately.
After entering into a skirmish with the administrators, the official stated that she was from Scandinavia and was used to clean rooms, unlike “some Russian woman who cleans up anyhow.” At the same time, she added that she “hates Russians”.
Elisabeth Ellingsen at the Azimut Hotel
Video footage of the incident quickly went viral. The editors of Mash contacted the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, after hearing about the words of the consul about hatred for Russians, the girl from the press center hung up.
Ksenia Sobchak commented on the incident in her telegram channel.
< p>This is not a market habalka, as you might think, this is the Norwegian consul Elisabet Ellingsen, who is unhappy that she was not immediately given a room in the Murmansk hotel (due to the fact that the maids cleaned it). <…> A rare case when I agree with Margarita Simonyan. Do you want to hate Russian — go to your home. “Azimuth”, of course, is a hole in the hole, but you are here on a visit and in the service, it is worth remembering this.
The police have launched an investigation into Ellingsen's statements. According to Russian law, the official faces a criminal case under the article “Inciting hatred or enmity, as well as humiliation of human dignity.”
Subsequently, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry nevertheless issued a statement regarding the statements of the consular employee in Murmansk.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deeply regrets this incident. The feelings expressed do not in any way reflect Norwegian politics or Norwegian attitudes towards Russia and the Russian people. The ministry is working through the incident through the appropriate channels.