The singer Jamala, winner of Eurovision in 2016 representing Ukraine with her song ‘1944’, has been declared wanted by Russia, after her inclusion on the black list of fugitives of the Russian Ministry of the Interior.
The Ukrainian, whose real name is Susana Jamaladinova, is accused of violating the country’s Penal Code, although the charges against the singer have not yet been revealed. However, what is known is that Jamala has maintained strong activism after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This is not the first time that action has been taken against Jamala, since Russia included her in April of last year on the list of Ukrainian artists who are prohibited from entering Russia for 50 years.
Curiously, the song that made her the Eurovision winner is dedicated to the Crimean Tatars, who were expelled during Stalinism and suffered mass deportations. In February 2022, the artist posted a photo on Instagram of her leaving kyiv with her children due to Russia’s invasion: “Ukraine is huge, beautiful and so devastatingly independent! Yes, I think that’s the key. “They can’t take away our freedom of expression!”