- Russia’s internal affairs ministry has put Ukrainian singer Jamala on its wanted list.
- The charges might be related to a Russian law that bans the spreading of ‘fake information’ about its military.
- The singer heard the news while travelling in Australia.
Jamala posted this photo of her at the Sydney Opera House on her Instagram on Tuesday. Credit: Instagram: jamalajaaa
The Russian news agency TASS reports that the charges may be related to the case of spreading so-called ‘fakes’ about the Russian army.
According to Russia’s Judicial Department of the Supreme Court, in the first six months of 2023, 21 people were convicted for so-called fake news about the army, and eight of them were sentenced to imprisonment.
From Eurovision winner to refugee
While the song itself didn’t contain any specific criticism of Russia or the Russian government of the day, Jamala’s performance came almost two years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and amid the growing tensions between the two countries.
During last year’s Eurovision, Jamala performed 1944 again in the preliminary round. She has been involved in numerous activities promoting Ukrainian unity and openly criticising Russia’s occupation.