The Investigate Committee of Russia has officially begun checking the lyrics of Manizha’s 2021 Eurovision entry “Russian Woman”.
“On April 5, the Ostankino Investigation Department registered material for checking for signs of incitement to hatred or enmity in the song of the singer Manizha with “Russian Woman””
Veteranskie Vesti addressed the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin with a request to initiate a case against Manizha.
The Investigate Committee of Russia has been requested by a number of celebrities to investigate the lyrics of “Russian Woman”. The applicants who have submitted this case believe that the performance of “Russian Woman” performed by Manizha was “gross insult and humiliation of the human dignity of Russian women on the basis of their attitude to nationality”.
A source reported to local media that the Investigative Committee will consider this appeal, but it is hardly possible to conduct a full Investigation since clear signs of illegal activity conducted by Manizhi.
Senate Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has also criticised the lyrics of Russia’s Eurovision entry “Russian Woman” and is demanding a review of the selection process which saw Tajik-born singer Manizha win the right to represent Russia in a national final in early March.
Since being selected to represent Russia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Manizha has seen a large amount of backlash against her from a range of groups within Russia. A range of factors such as Manizha Tajikistan background, her support of LGBT values, the singer’s rejection of traditional values has contributed to this backlash. Manizha has spoken out against the hateful messages she’s has received online since the national final.
Manizha will perform “Russian Woman” in the first half of the first semifinal, on May 18.
Who is Manizha?
Manizha Dalerovna Sangin was born on 8th July 1991 in Dushanbe, Tajikstan. The Russian-Tajik singer moved to Moscow, Russia, at three years old, and began her career in 2003 as a child singer, winning numerous competitions.
This year it was revealed that Russia would use a national final to select their 2021 Eurovision entry. Three acts competed, and the winner, Manizha, was determined by 100% televoting.
Russia debuted in Eurovision in 1994 and has gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest. Since the mid-00s Russia has had a string of strong results including their first and only victory in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow in the following year.