Russian pop star Alla Pugacheva speaks out against war in Ukraine | Russia

The Russian singer Alla Pugacheva has spoken out against the war in Ukraine and the “death of our boys for illusory goals”.

The remarks are the primary time that the pop star, an icon in Russia, has publicly criticised the battle.

Her husband, Maxim Galkin, joined journalists, human rights activists and Kremlin opponents in being labelled a “foreign agent” final week for opposing the war.

Addressing the Russian justice ministry, Pugacheva instructed her 3.4 million Instagram followers: “I am asking you to include me on the foreign agents list of my beloved country.

“Because I stand in solidarity with my husband, who is an honest and ethical person, a true and incorruptible Russian patriot, who only wishes for prosperity, peace and freedom of expression in his motherland.”

She mentioned her husband needed “the end of the deaths of our boys for illusory goals that make our country a pariah and weigh heavily on the lives of its citizens”.

Pugacheva, 73, who has bought greater than 250m information, turned vastly fashionable throughout the Soviet period and has remained so over a profession spanning greater than 55 years.

Galkin, a TV presenter who now lives overseas, has usually criticised the war in Ukraine.

Russian Media mentioned Pugacheva left the nation after the invasion started in February. She was seen in Moscow on the funeral of the previous Soviet chief Mikhail Gorbachev on 3 September.

Russian authorities have clamped down on any criticism of the war in Ukraine, handing out fines and jail sentences to dissenters. Many Russian artists who denounced the battle had their exhibits cancelled.

Pugacheva has met the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, a number of instances, however she has by no means publicly supported him.

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