Russian celebrity couple blast war in message to Putin’s Russia

A famous Russian singer has blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine in a post on Instagram.

Alla Pugacheva has asked the Russian Justice Ministry to list her as a foreign agent “in solidarity” with her husband Maxim Galkin.

Galkin, a Russian comedian and TV presenter, was recently put on the ministry’s list of people acting as “foreign agents”, according to Meduza, an independent outlet covering Russian news.

“I ask you to please include me in the group of foreign agents of my beloved country in solidarity with my husband, an honest, decent and sincere person, a true and incorruptible patriot of Russia,” Pugacheva wrote in a statement posted to his verified account, which has over 3.3 million followers.

Russian singer Alla Pugacheva attends a casting session for ‘The Factor A’, a new music television show March 22, 2011 in Moscow.
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His message said that Galkin “wishes the motherland prosperity, peaceful life, freedom of expression”.

And in an apparent reference to the war in Ukraine, Pugacheva also called for “an end to the death of our children for illusory purposes which make our country a pariah and make the lives of our citizens extremely difficult”.

Galkin posted a video response on Instagram.

“The justification for the decision is that I would allegedly receive funds from Ukraine, with which I carry out political activities,” he said, according to Meduza.

“First of all, I don’t do political activities. On stage during my concerts, I do humor and political satire, as I have done for 28 years.”

Galkin said he received money from Ukraine “at some point” about a decade ago when he performed at a concert there.

“Of course the reason is artificial,” he said. “Why this is happening, I don’t know. I will not give up humor and satire to adapt to the political climate.”

Galkin was among several Russian celebrities who spoke out against the war after Putin launched his full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

He posted a black square on his Instagram, along with the caption: “I’ve been talking with friends and relatives from Ukraine since early morning! I can’t find the words to say how I feel! How is this possible There can be no justification for war! No to war!”

Galkin and Pugacheva fled Russia to Israel, with their 9-year-old twins, Israeli newspaper says Ha’aretz reported in March. Pugacheva returned to Russia in August, according to Meduza, but Galkin still appears to be out of the country.

Newsweek contacted Pugacheva and Galkin for comment. The Russian Ministry of Justice has also been contacted for comment.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his press conference at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, September 16, 2022, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
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