Russian pop icon speaks out against war in Ukraine

20th-century Russian pop star Alla Pugacheva declared her opposition to the invasion of Ukraine on Sunday, becoming the most prominent celebrity to speak out against the war as Russian President Vladimir Putin faces challenges. growing challenges on and off the battlefield.

Pugacheva, who is 73, wrote in a post on Instagram, where she has 3.4 million followers, that Russians were dying in Ukraine for “illusory purposes”. War, she wrote, was “turning our country into a pariah and making the lives of our citizens worse.”

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