According to state news agencies on Monday, Russia has added a Ukrainian singer who was the victor of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest to their list of wanted individuals.
According to the reports, the Interior Ministry database showed that singer Susana Jamaladinova was wanted for breaking a criminal law.
2014 anti-extremism law that has been used to crack down on political dissent.
Mediazona, an independent news website covering topics related to opposition and human rights, reported that Jamaladinova was accused of violating a 2014 law against extremism that has been employed to suppress political opposition.
Last year, a law was passed. that bans spreading so-called fake information about the Russian military and the ongoing fighting in Ukraine.
In December, they gave a performance at the Kennedy Center Honors and later went on to win the 2016 Eurovision competition with the song “1944,” which is a reference to the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union in that year.
Her victory occurred almost precisely two years after Russia took control of Crimea during a time of political unrest in Ukraine. The majority of nations view this takeover as invalid.
The country of Russia expressed their objection to the inclusion of the song “1944” in the Eurovision competition, citing a violation of the rules against political statements. However, the song does not directly criticize Russia or the Soviet Union, although it may be interpreted as such due to its opening lyrics, “When strangers come to your house, they kill you all and claim innocence.”
In a recent interview with the BBC, Jamaladinova discussed the launch of her latest folk album, Qirim, expressing that it was her way of “giving a powerful voice” to her homeland, Crimea.
“Throughout the centuries, the Russian Empire, followed by the Soviet Union and now Russia, have heavily utilized propaganda to silence us. They even went as far as denying our existence to the rest of the world. However, we are aware of the reality. I, personally, am determined to convey this truth through the narratives behind every song in this album,” she shared with BBC.
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