An unknown Russian man is being honored at Donald Trump’s inauguration as a masked Russian singer who was killed in Moscow in November 2016.
William Singe was shot to death by police outside a nightclub in Moscow on November 29, 2016.
The man has since become an internet meme.
In 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited him to the country’s capital, where he was to sing at a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the countrys victory over Nazi Germany.
Mr Singe’s brother, Dmitry, said his brother’s death was an honour and “the only thing that can make me cry”.
“The fact that he was an idol of Russia is something that will never fade away,” he said.
“I have never felt so happy.”
Mr Sing, who was in his early 30s, had appeared in several Russian films including “The Grand Illusion”, which won the Oscar for best foreign film in 2003.
He had previously performed on the cover of Russian radio station Echo of Russia and appeared in a short film about a young Russian who discovers that he has the ability to make people fall in love with him.
“We had planned this event for two years,” Mr Singe told The Sunday Telegraph.
“When we were planning it, we knew that we had to do something big for our country.”
He was our hero.
“Mr Putin has said he is ready to pay tribute to Mr Sing in a speech to the nation later this month.”
William Sing was an icon for our nation, he was the symbol of our struggle for freedom,” he has said.
The president has made no public comments on Mr Sing’s death, but has spoken of his admiration for the singer.”
As a country, we have lost a hero,” he told a group of Russian journalists in a televised address on Tuesday.”
It’s a very sad moment for us all.
“Mr Trump is the latest president to be honouring a Russian hero.
Mr Putin last month honoured Sergei Roldugin, who helped launch a Russian state airline, the Kamaz, after his death in an assassination attempt.
The Trump administration has not made any formal offer to the Kremlin for Mr Sing to be honoured, but said it would welcome the opportunity.”
Russia has many great and talented people, and they will not be forgotten, so we are honored to have been able to recognize and respect them,” Mr Trump said.