A Russian investigation committee said that it will examine the content of the Russian song, which is scheduled to represent the country in the “Eurovision European Song Contest” this year, after the song’s lyrics angered conservative associations and prompted them to accuse the Tajik-born singer of inciting hatred towards men.
According to a newspaper report The Guardian Published Thursday 18 March 2021, the singer is Maneja Sangin, known for short as Manija, and she was scheduled to perform the song “Russian Woman” Russian women at Eurovision competition To be held in the Netherlands next May.
Controversial Russian song
The song’s content glorifies the Russian woman, urging her to be more independent and resistant to sexist views of beauty, age, and having children.
Manega, now 29, was born in Tajikistan – a country in the Soviet Union – but now lives in Russia, and is also an activist for women’s rights and refugees.
As she said Investigation committeeShe, who is usually investigating major crimes in Russia, has received a request from a public association to investigate the content of Manega’s opening song, for “possible illegal statements.”
A spokeswoman for the committee, Svetlana Petrenko, also explained to RIA Novosti that the application will be examined according to the established legal rules.
They refuse to participate in the Eurovision contest
The Russian Orthodox Women’s Federation had published an open letter calling for the banning of Manega’s video of the song, including her participation in the Eurovision contest. The message says, the song’s lyrics incite “hatred of men, which undermines the foundations of the traditional family”.
Earlier this week, Russian veterans’ website Veteranskie Vesti published an open letter to the head of the investigative committee, Alexander Bastrykin, asking him to initiate criminal proceedings on the song to prevent it from participating in the Eurovision contest.
While the association that applied for describes itself as independent, in fact it has partnerships with the Russian ministries of interior and defense and the Federal Security Agency as well.
In its message, the association said that Manega’s song “aims to direct a real offense and insult to the human dignity of Russian women.”
The song “Satan” stirred controversy in Cyprus
The Orthodox Church of Cyprus and the island’s government have cast their turn in an ongoing dispute over the song that represents Cyprus in the Eurovision contest.
Have been exposed The song “Diablo”, Which is a Spanish word in Arabic meaning “the Devil”, by the singer Elena Tasagreno, for criticism for dealing with “the Devil,” as the title implies.
The Cypriot Orthodox Church also called on the government, in a statement, on Tuesday 2 March, to withdraw the song. And the church’s statement read: “(replace them with) another that expresses our history, traditions and what we stand for.”
The spokesman for the Cypriot president refused, in a television interview, to implement this. “It’s a music competition, let’s not give it unnecessary dimensions,” the spokesman, Victorias Papadopoulos, told the Cyprus TV station Alphanues. More than 16,000 people signed the petition against the song online.
While the public channel informed the police that it had received a call from an unknown party threatening to burn down the CYBC building; In protest against choosing the song to represent this Mediterranean country with a majority of Orthodox Christians, according to the Cyprus News Agency.
The Union of Religious Education Teachers in Schools also published a statement, on Friday, urging the Cypriot Public Authority to withdraw from this choice. The union expressed its “horror” at the lyrics of the song, saying that the singer “glorifies Satan and dedicates her life and love to him.”