Russian singer Alla Pugacheva asks to be declared ‘foreign agent’

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Alla Pugacheva (Instagram )
Alla Pugacheva (Instagram )

Iconic Russian singer Alla Pugacheva says she wants to be placed on the country’s foreign agents list in solidarity with her husband who has been designated as one.

Her partner Maxim Galkin, a TV presenter and outspoken critic of the invasion of Ukraine, was added to the foreign agents register on Saturday by the justice ministry for allegedly conducting political activities on behalf of Ukraine and receiving Ukrainian funding.

Pugacheva has now posted a statement on Instagram condemning Russian authorities.

She called Galkin a “true and incorruptible patriot” who wishes for “the end of deaths of our guys for illusory goals.”

Russian law allows organisations and individuals deemed to be involved in political activity that receive funding from abroad to be declared foreign agents.

The term carries a strong pejorative sense and implies additional government scrutiny.

Pugacheva, 73, is known for her emotional singing and colourful performances.

She shot to national stardom in the 1970s and remains widely popular throughout the former Soviet Union.

At the beginning of March, Russian media reported that the singer and her husband had left the nation for Israel.

Their children, Liza and Garry – 9-year-old twins born to a surrogate mother – also joined them.