Iconic Russian singer asks to be called ‘foreign agent’

Iconic Russian singer Alla Pugacheva, who has been hugely popular since the Soviet era, said she wanted to show solidarity with her husband, who is on Russia’s list of foreign agents.

A statement by Pugacheva on Instagram on Sunday is a notable slap from a prominent figure in the dissent of Russian authorities in recent years.

Pugacheva’s husband, singer and TV host Maxim Galkin, who has criticized Russia’s deployment of troops to Ukraine, is suspected of carrying out political activities for Ukraine and receiving Ukrainian funds. was added to the Register of Foreign Agents by the Department of Justice on Saturday.

She called Galkin a “true incorruptible patriot” who wishes “an end to the death of our comrades for fantastical goals.”

Russian law allows organizations and individuals deemed to be involved in foreign-funded political activities to be declared foreign agents. The term has a strong derogatory connotation and implies additional scrutiny by governments.

73-year-old Pugacheva is known for her emotional songs and colorful performances. She rose to stardom in her 1970s and remains popular throughout the former Soviet Union.