“Dying for illusory goals”: Udo Lindenberg shows solidarity with the Russian pop diva

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“Dying for illusory ends”
Udo Lindenberg shows solidarity with Russian pop diva

Russian pop icon Alla Pugacheva has long held back with loud criticism of the war. Over the weekend, she posts an Instagram post in which she no longer hides her attitude. Longtime rocker Udo Lindenberg jumps on the side of his former duet partner.

Singer Udo Lindenberg has shown solidarity with the well-known Russian pop singer Alla Pugacheva and her criticism of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. He posted a photo of himself on his Facebook page, writing that his “longtime friend and colleague” was severely critical of “Putin’s criminal war against Ukraine”.

In addition, the panic rocker quoted from the song “Why Are Wars There For”, which he said he had already sung in German and Russian together with Pugacheva in Moscow and St. Petersburg: “They face each other and can be friends, But before get to know each other, shoot yourself, I think it’s so crazy, why should it be like this”.

Lindenberg, who has lived in Hamburg since the late 1960s, and Pugacheva have been linked for many years. In 1988, in the middle of the Cold War, they recorded the first joint album (“Lieder statt Briefe”) by a West German and a Soviet artist. They also performed together in the 1980s and had successful tours in the Soviet Union, Germany and Switzerland.

Pugacheva complained on Instagram on Sunday that Russian soldiers were dying for “illusory purposes” while Russia was being banned internationally at the same time. She avoided the word ‘war’, which is banned in Russia in connection with the invasion of Ukraine. The words of the 73-year-old, who is still regarded as a superstar in her home country, found wide resonance. However, the Russian state media omitted their criticism of the war in their coverage, reporting only on their demand to be labeled a “foreign agent” like her husband – a stigma in Russia. With this she expressed her solidarity with her husband Maxim Galkin. The well-known comedian and presenter has been living in exile in Israel for several months after he criticized the Russian attack on Ukraine. Last week, the Moscow Ministry of Justice blacklisted him as a ‘foreign agent’.

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