Ani Lorak in danger of losing prestigious Ukrainian title
On September 3, at the Ukrainian parliament, bill 3016 was registered with allegations about “pro-Russian” views.
The bill proposes to strip Ani Lorak and other singers of the honorary title of “People’s Artist of Ukraine.”
Center of controversy
Also included in the bill for removal of the title are: Russian singers Joseph Kobzon (born in Ukraine) and Nikolai Baskov (half-Ukrainian) and Ukrainian singer Taiisa Povaliy.
Ani Lorak has been in the center of controversy in recent months for her continuing concerts and appearances on award shows and talk shows in Russia. The bill comes in the wake of the continuously deteriorating relationship between Ukraine and Russia.
Support for Ani Lorak
An electronic petition by Ukrainian citizens and fans has been registered in support of Ani Lorak. On the official website of President Petro Poroshenko, they asked to not strip her of the deserved and honorary title.
“The statements in the bill are political manipulation, public insults of a Ukrainian citizen and obvious slander,” – Ani Lorak management wrote on Facebook and asking fans to sign the petition.
After the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak recorded two albums (2009 – “Solnce”, 2013 – “Zazhigay serdtse”) and many singles, which became number one hits in Ukraine and Russia.
Currently, she successfully continues her tour “Karolina” in Eastern Europe. For the next year, concerts are also scheduled in Germany and the United States.
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