A Eurovision winner who has been added to Russia’s needed record says the Kremlin is mendacity about her and attempting to “scare” her – as she voiced fears for her household’s security.
Ukrainian singer Susana Jamaladinova – who performs below the title Jamala and gained the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 – is accused by Moscow of spreading false information concerning the Russian armed forces.
She was charged below a regulation launched in 2022, which bans spreading “pretend” details about the Russian army and the continued preventing in Ukraine, in accordance with the Russian unbiased information web site Mediazona.
Describing how she felt when she realized of the costs, Ms Jamaladinova informed Sky Information: “I used to be upset solely due to my relations.
“I do not care a lot about myself as a result of [performing] is my method of utilizing my voice to assist my nation and inform the reality.
“It is such a traumatic factor for my household, for my dad and mom, children. I fear about them.”
Ms Jamaladinova, who’s of Crimean Tatar descent, gained Eurovision along with her music 1944 – which Russia unsuccessfully campaigned to have banned from the annual contest.
The title refers back to the yr that the Soviet Union deported almost 200,000 Crimean Tatars from Crimea.
Her successful efficiency got here nearly precisely two years after Russia annexed Crimea and political turmoil gripped Ukraine in 2014.
Within the years since, Ms Jamaladinova has carried out 1944 all over the world. She identified that her travels are very seen on Instagram, ought to Moscow be attempting to trace her down.
“Three days in the past I used to be in Washington,” she stated.
“5 days in the past I used to be in Paris. You already know, you’ll find all of the details about me.”
Ms Jamaladinova launched an album titled Qirim, which suggests Crimea, earlier this yr and informed Sky Information that authorities might have visited her relations round that point.
“I heard rumours somebody got here to my relations in Crimea and tried to frighten them,” she stated.
“[They’re] attempting to cease me or scare me… however I strongly consider that as an artist, as a musician, as a songwriter, I will be actual and reside my life as I would like.”
Ms Jamaladinova stated current occasions had proven that “music can converse and convey the reality”.
“And the reality is the reality,” she added.
“There isn’t any getting away from it.”