Actor Ivan Okhlobystin in an interview with YouTube channel Metametrica told why he stood up for Michael Ephraim after the fatal accident.

"I am Russian man, I’m still the judge. Even if he was an Ogre, still would remain my comrade and friend (Efremov – the godfather of the eldest daughter Okhlobystin. — Approx. ed.). It’s part of our natural perception. How can I stand, as a European, and to say: "Oh, you <…> a non-citizen! Under the criminal code you will be put in jail, and I don’t love you". Well the same stuff" — said Okhlobystin.

He added that, in his opinion, Ephraim should be sentenced to probation, and its income share between the family of the artist and relatives who died in the crash of Sergey Zakharov.

accidents involving Ephraim

On the evening of 8 June, the car of Michael Ephraim crossed the double line in the center of Moscow, has left on an oncoming lane and crashed into a van. At its wheel was the courier the online store Sergey Zakharov. Later, a man from the received traumas has died in hospital.

As examination has shown, the artist was in a condition of alcoholic and narcotic intoxication. Ephraim was put under house arrest, he faces up to 12 years of imprisonment.

In early July, completed the preliminary investigation of the case. As stated by the actor’s lawyer Elman Pashayev, Efremov does not consider himself responsible for the accident. In addition, he promised to "sensation at court".