Russia has declared a wanted Ukrainian singer Jamala, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, the Associated Press reported, citing state news agencies.
In the database of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the contractor Suzana Jamaladinova is listed as wanted for violations of criminal law.
The independent news site “Mediazona”, which publishes information about the opposition and issues related to human rights, wrote that Jamaladinova was charged on the basis of a law passed last year, prohibiting the distribution of the so-called false information about the Russian military and the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine.
The singer, who performs under the stage name Jamala, is of Crimean Tatar origin. She won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 with the song “1944” – the title is a reference to the year in which the USSR mass-deported Crimean Tatars, notes the Associated Press, quoted by BTA.
The single was released almost two years after Russia annexed Crimea, while Ukraine was in political turmoil. Most countries consider annexation illegal, the Associated Press recalls.
Russia protested the entry of the song “1944” into the contest, saying it violated rules related to political speech at Eurovision.
However, the single does not make specific criticisms of Russia or the USSR, although it makes such hints at the beginning of the lyrics: “When foreigners come, they come to your house, kill everybody and say, ‘We’re not to blame,'” recalls the Associated Press.