A Russian singer has denounced Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine and asked to be included in her country’s list of foreign agents out of solidarity with her husband.
Alla Pugacheva’s husband, singer and TV presenter Maxim Galkin, was added to the register of foreign agents by the Russian Ministry of Justice on Friday.
His criticisms of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have led him to take the wrong side of authorities in a country where dissent is increasingly risky.
He is accused of conducting political activities on behalf of Ukraine and receiving Ukrainian funding.
Ms. Pugacheva said on Instagram: “I ask you to include me in the ranks of foreign agents of my dear country because I have solidarity with my husband.”
She described Mr Galkin as a “true patriot with integrity” who wanted “prosperity for the homeland, peace, freedom of speech”.
She also said that the Kremlin’s “false goals” in Ukraine “make our country miserable and the lives of our citizens extremely difficult”.
Being labeled as a foreign spy has had negative connotations dating back to Soviet times and is something a person must claim to stand out above all the content they publish.
They also face tough financial and bureaucratic requirements.
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Pugacheva, 73, is one of Russia’s most famous and beloved singers, having started her career during the Soviet era.
She has been decorated many times since then.
Mr. Galkin, 46, is her fifth husband and they married in 2011.
Mr Galkin was expelled from his first show in April after condemning the rocket attack that killed a three-year-old in Ukraine.
He also lost several advertising contracts due to his anti-war views.