Russia has positioned a Ukrainian singer who received the 2016 Eurovision Music Contest on its wanted list, state information businesses reported Monday.
The studies mentioned an Inside Ministry database listed singer Susana Jamaladinova as being looked for violating a felony legislation.
The unbiased information website Mediazona, which covers opposition and human rights points, mentioned Jamaladinova was charged beneath a legislation adopted final yr that bans spreading so-called pretend details about the Russian navy and the continued preventing in Ukraine.
Jamaladinova, who performs beneath the stage identify Jamala, is of Crimean Tatar descent. She received the 2016 Eurovision contest with the music “1944,” a title that refers back to the yr the Soviet Union deported Crimean Tatars en masse.
Her successful efficiency got here nearly precisely two years after Russia annexed Crimea as political turmoil gripped Ukraine. Most different international locations regard the annexation as illegitimate.
Russia protested “1944” being allowed within the competitors, saying it violated guidelines in opposition to political speech in Eurovision. However the music made no particular criticism of Russia or the Soviet Union, though it drew such implications, opening with the lyrics “When strangers are coming, they arrive to your home, they kill you all and say ‘We’re not responsible.’”