Russia has positioned a Ukrainian singer who received the 2016 Eurovision Tune Contest on its needed checklist, state information businesses reported.
Singer Susana Jamaladinova – stage title Jamala – is being searched for violating a felony legislation, in response to an inside ministry database itemizing.
The unbiased information website Mediazona, which covers opposition and human rights points, stated Jamaladinova was charged underneath a legislation adopted final 12 months that bans spreading so-called pretend details about the Russian navy and the continued combating in Ukraine
Jamaladinova is of Crimean Tatar descent. She received the 2016 Eurovision contest with the tune 1944, a title that refers back to the 12 months the Soviet Union deported Crimean Tatars en masse.
Her successful efficiency got here nearly precisely two years after Russia annexed Crimea as political turmoil gripped Ukraine. Most different international locations regard the annexation as illegitimate.
Russia protested towards 1944 being allowed within the competitors, saying it violated guidelines towards political speech in Eurovision.
However the tune made no particular criticism of Russia or the Soviet Union, though it drew such implications, opening with the lyrics: “When strangers are coming, they arrive to your own home, they kill you all and say ‘We’re not responsible.’”