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“I challenged the Kremlin.” German media about Pugacheva and her post – DW – 09/19/2022

Post by Alla Pugacheva on Instagram with a request to the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation to include her in the list of “foreign agents”, in which she also spoke out against the war, is actively discussed in the media and in social networks. By the evening of September 19, he had collected over 650 thousand likes. Journalists offered to comment on the singer’s statement to the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, but he refused to speak on this topic. “I don’t think this is a question that relates to the Kremlin in any way. Therefore, I will not comment on this,” the Russian news agency TASS quoted Peskov as saying.

Pugacheva’s mourning for Gorbachev in the German media

Pugacheva’s statement was reported not only by Russian, but also by foreign media. The star’s speech criticizing the Kremlin’s policies is actively covered, including in the German press. “Her most famous hits such as “Million Scarlet roses”are still heard at many weddings from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok,” writes the weekly Der Spiegel in his publication titled “Russian pop diva demands” an end to the deaths of our guys for illusory purposes.

Most of the German media wrote about Pugacheva’s protest post. “Russian star singer Alla Pugacheva spoke out against the war in Ukraine”, “Russian pop diva sharply criticized the war”, “Russian singer Alla Pugacheva challenges the Kremlin” are the headlines that appear most often.

However, Alla Pugacheva attracted the attention of the German press two weeks ago. For example, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) published on 6 September comment “Fight Icons” in connection with her appearance at the funeral of Mikhail Gorbachev. The publication drew attention to the star’s post on Instagram about this. It said that “the era in which we gained freedom, ceased to be the “Evil Empire” for the whole world, and fear for the future of our children has disappeared.” “And most importantly, Gorbachev rejected violence as a way of politics and maintaining his own power,” the singer wrote.

According to FAZ commentator Kerstin Holm, “with her demonstrative mourning for Mikhail Gorbachev,” the singer “gave a clear, if indirect, sign that she was against the regime.”

Alla Pugacheva at the funeral of Mikhail Gorbachev
Alla Pugacheva at the funeral of Mikhail GorbachevPhoto: Sergei Bobylev/TASS/picture alliance

In Russia, Pugacheva is a “real institute”

Alla Pugacheva’s post about the first and last president of the USSR was then quoted by the Bayerischer Rundfunk radio station, noting that the singer “does not make a secret of the fact that she does not agree with Putin’s policy.” Commenting on Dmitry Peskov’s statement that Maxim Galkin “clearly not on the way with us”, but to Alla Pugacheva the president of Russia is “quite normal,” author Peter Jungblut suggested that “perhaps the Kremlin (yet) does not want to openly attack such a popular and well-known personality.”

In reports about Pugacheva’s protest post, the German media state that, unlike her husband, the singer has so far refrained from making political statements and has not particularly demonstrated confrontation with the authorities. “In 2012, she once publicly supported the candidacy of billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov for the presidency. He supported the liberal party (Prokhorov ran as an independent candidate, he later founded the Civic Platform party. – Ed.), that is, on paper – for the opposition. Nevertheless, Prokhorov ran with the approval of the Kremlin. As an (unopposed) opponent, he was supposed to give Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency a slightly more democratic air.

Alla Pugacheva and Maxim Galkin
Alla Pugacheva and Maxim Galkin Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS/picture alliance

Alla Pugacheva is 73 years old, but she is still “the most famous Russian pop star,” the publication points out. “This is due, among other things, to the fact that for most Russians she was always there: her career began in the sixties, and when the first pop hits rating was published in the Soviet Union in 1987, Pugacheva, of course, was in first place” . Now she is “one of the most famous opponents of the war in Ukraine,” notes Der Spiegel.

In Russia, Pugacheva is a “real institute”, writes Stern magazine, indicating that “on the pop Olympus, she outlived all the masters of the Kremlin from Brezhnev to Yeltsin.” “With her demand to recognize her as a ‘foreign agent’, she openly opposes the Kremlin. And this is the first time in decades of her career,” the weekly draws attention.

Pugacheva’s statement is “a slap in the face to the Kremlin”

The dpa agency in its message, which was taken as a basis by many German media, published the opinion of the Russian political scientist Abbas Gallyamov. “This, of course, is not a knockout, but a noble slap in the face. No matter what the Kremlin mumbles now, it will not change anything. was out of politics. Its sudden politicization can create in society such a dangerous feeling for the authorities: “Got it!” – wrote Gallyamov on Facebook.

Based on the dpa report, ZDF suggested that “criticism of the Pugachev war in Ukraine could pose a danger to Putin.” Edition RP Online published a message under the heading “Alla Pugacheva will lead the movement” Got it “? The Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper indicated that the singer’s message, Russian wars in Ukraineopponents of the war perceived in social networks “with gratitude and as a symbol of the near end of Putin’s reign.”

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