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Russian Eurovision star fights back after tour cancelled over op

Since her Eurovision performance for Russia in 2021, Manizha Sangin has been targeted by a cyber bullying campaign over her opposition to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

The Tajik-born singer called it a "fraternal conflict" that goes "against the will" of the Russian people.

Her song 'Soldier', originally written about the civil war in her homeland, was released soon after the invasion, and contains the words: "Stop the war."

This was followed by the cancellation of many of her concerts in Russia after details of the organisers were posted on social media, with demands for them to be scrapped.

"The people who were managing our shows said their club will close or they will lose their jobs. They had threats. That's why they called us and said "sorry, but we cannot do a show with you" explains Manizha".

"Sometimes it's pretty dangerous to say some things out loud. And I always need to be honest. It's impossible to shut me down" she says.

"Before the war, I was a very successful star in Russia. I had many performances per month...and I had huge contracts with huge brands like Adidas and Dove".

"And of course, when the war started, I was cancelled because of my anti-war position in my country and I lost my performance and my work, and now I've lost my contracts because all of these brands left Russia".
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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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