19 Sep 2022 12:55 p.m
The Russian Justice Ministry has classified the husband of Soviet music legend Alla Pugacheva as a “foreign agent”. The artist shows solidarity with her husband.
73-year-old singer Alla Pugacheva defended her husband, 46-year-old comedian Maxim Galkin, who had previously been classified as a “foreign agent” by the Justice Ministry for allegedly receiving funds from Ukraine for political activities. On Sunday, the singer wrote that she also wants to be included:
“I ask you to enlist me in the ranks of foreign agents of my beloved country, because I stand in solidarity with my husband – an honest, decent and sincere person, a real and incorruptible patriot of Russia.”
It is unclear whether she had communicated her request through official channels.
After months of silence, the singer also spoke indirectly for the first time about the military operation in Ukraine. She said her husband wanted for Russia “prosperity, a peaceful life, freedom of speech and an end to our boys dying for illusory ends”. These goals would make Russia a pariah and make life difficult for its citizens.
After the start of the special operation, the two had traveled to Israel. Reacting to the rumors about her emigration, the singer stressed that she left for medical purposes and will not stay there forever. At the end of August she returned to Russia.
The singer is considered a superstar in Russia, is often referred to as the prima donna, and has a fan base across the former Soviet Union. Pugacheva has so far remained silent about her position on the Ukraine conflict, while Galkin openly criticized Russia’s actions. In response to questions from journalists earlier this month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Galkin had made “bad statements”. He added that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pugacheva know each other and have “normal relations.”
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