A famous Russian singer, popular since Soviet times, says she wants to be added to the country’s foreign agent list in solidarity with her husband, who has been labeled as such.
Alla Pugacheva’s statement on Instagram is a notable slap in the face by a prominent figure to the Russian authorities, who have suppressed dissent in recent years.
Ms Pugacheva’s husband, singer and TV presenter Maxim Galkin, who has criticized Russia’s sending troops to Ukraine, was added to the register of foreign agents by the Justice Ministry on Saturday for allegedly conducting political activities on Ukraine’s behalf and receiving Ukrainian funding would have.
She called Mr Galkin a “true and incorruptible patriot” who wished “the end of our boys’ deaths for illusory ends”.
Under Russian law, organizations and individuals deemed to be involved in political activities and receiving funding from abroad can be declared foreign agents. The term conveys a strong sense of disapproval and implies additional government control.
Ms. Pugacheva, 73, is known for her emotional singing and colorful performances. It rose to fame in the 1970s and remains hugely popular throughout the former Soviet Union.
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