KYIV, UKRAINE – The Ukrainian parliament is threatening to strip singers of their honorary titles of “People’s Artist of Ukraine” for allegedly having pro-Russian views, among which is Ani Lorak, the 2008 Ukrainian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Lorak has come under fire for continuing to make appearances on Russian television shows and concerts during strained relations between Ukraine and Russia and ongoing problems in eastern Ukraine.
However, Ukrainians are taking to the internet to voice their support for the Eurostar and have started an online petition in order for Lorak to keep her title.
The pro-western Ukrainian government has come under increasing criticism for many of its “patriotic” policies, this one being the latest. Ani Lorak’s management commented on the issue, saying, “The statement in the bill is political manipulation, a public insult of a Ukrainian citizen and obvious slander”.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ani Lorak represented Ukraine in Belgrade with the song “Shady Lady”. She was the runner up in the final to Dima Bilan. Eurovision propelled her career and she remains highly popular in both Ukraine and Russia. Ani is currently on tour in Eastern Europe.