Jamala, who won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine and is of Tatar heritage, was discovered to be on the Russian government’s wanted list earlier today, according to reports from the RIA and TASS news agencies.
More precisely, the singer is being prosecuted for allegedly disparaging Moscow’s armed forces, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Jamala is renowned for her efforts to enlighten and raise the public’s awareness of the situation in Ukraine following the Russian invasion. She has publicly criticized the Russian regime on multiple occasions in this regard, which infuriated Moscow and brought about this situation.
Her Eurovision entry was also politically fraught as it discussed the 1944 expulsion and ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatars by Stalin’s Soviet authority. She stated that the song was also referencing the 2014 Russian invasion of Crimea in addition to this historical occurrence.
Using an emoji to convey her displeasure, Jamala, who is now touring Australia to raise funds for the bolstering of the Ukrainian army, responded to the news through an instagram story:
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