Russian pop queen criticizes Putin

Pugacheva is not just anyone, but has been one of Russia’s biggest stars since the 1970s.

On Sunday, she lashed out at Putin and his “special operation”.

– It is the killing of our boys for illusory goals that makes our country a pariah state and makes life difficult for our citizens, she writes on her own Instagram account with 3.4 million followers.

Making such criticism as Pugacheva has done is rare in Russia these days, where people risk up to 15 years in prison for protesting the war.

CRITICIZES: Russian singer Alla Pugacheva has publicly criticized Putin and the war in Ukraine.  Here she walks outside the Column hall of the House of Unions, where she attended a memorial service for Mikhail Gorbachev on September 3, 2022. Photo: SHAMIL ZHUMATOV / AP

CRITICIZES: Russian singer Alla Pugacheva has publicly criticized Putin and the war in Ukraine. Here she walks outside the Column hall of the House of Unions, where she attended a memorial service for Mikhail Gorbachev on September 3, 2022. Photo: SHAMIL ZHUMATOV / AP

She is also demanding to be labeled a “foreign agent” after Russian authorities recently gave that label to Pugacheva’s husband, TV personality and comedian Maxim Galkin, who has also criticized Putin.

The designation “foreign agent” means that one is subject to a number of restrictions and labor-intensive procedures.

Great artist

Pugacheva, who has sold more than 250 million records, became very popular during the Soviet era, the newspaper writes The Guardian.

FAMOUS ARTIST: The Russian pop singer has sold many millions of records throughout his career.  Here she performs during the opening show of the international singing competition New Wave in Jurmala in 2009. Photo: INTS KALNINS / Reuters

FAMOUS ARTIST: The Russian pop singer has sold many millions of records throughout his career. Here she performs during the opening show of the international singing competition New Wave in Jurmala in 2009. Photo: INTS KALNINS / Reuters

According to Russian media, Pugacheva is said to have left the country after the war in Ukraine began in February. However, she was seen in Moscow during the funeral of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in early September.

Cracks down on criticism

The Russian authorities have cracked down on any form of criticism of the war in Ukraine. Several Russian artists who have publicly stated that they are against the war have had their concerts cancelled.

Pugachava has met President Vladimir Putin several times, but never publicly supported him, the newspaper writes.

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