Russian Investigators to Probe Feminist Eurovision Pick for ‘Inciting Hatred’ – Reports

Moscow investigators have launched an inspection into “Russian Woman,” the country’s entry to this year’s Eurovision song contest, after a veteran’s newspaper accused it of inciting hatred, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday. 

Written and performed by Tajik-born artist Manizha, “Russian Woman” has sparked controversy among conservative groups for its lyrics promoting female empowerment and rejection of sexist stereotypes.

The Veteranskiye Vesti newspaper asked Russia’s Investigative Committee to launch a probe into the song, accusing Manizha of extremism and calling her performance “a gross insult and humiliation of Russian women’s dignity.”

Moscow’s Ostankino District Investigative Committee will check the song “for signs of incitement to hatred or enmity” following the newspaper’s request, an anonymous law enforcement source told TASS. 

The TASS source said that the Investigative Committee would consider the newspaper’s appeal, “but in this case, it is hardly possible to conduct an inspection since there are obviously no signs of illegal activity.”

Manizha, 29, has said her song is meant to reflect the transformation of Russian women’s identity across generations. She will perform the song at the Eurovision ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in May after being selected to represent Russia in a nationwide vote.

Last week, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko slammed the song’s lyrics as “a bunch of nonsense” and called for an explanation into how the song was chosen as Russia’s Eurovision selection.

(c) The Moscow Times

3 comments

  • “a gross insult and humiliation of Russian women’s dignity.” “for signs of incitement to hatred or enmity”

    What a fucking backward country. A harmless song is an insult to Russian women’s dignity, but murdering your wife is not against the law.

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  • англійський масон

    In the devolution race back to the Stone Age moskovia has just overtaken the Muslim World.

    Liked by 6 people

  • onlyfactsplease

    Alone the way mafia land treats its women makes it a trash country and so anyone doing business with them or appeases them or looks up to them is also a trash country or trash organization and cares little to nothing about women or righteousness in general, regardless of their empty rhetoric. This is a dirty world we live in.

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