For people who didn’t watch Eurovision this year (Eww, who are you?), it’d be easy to confuse Loreen for a Miss Universe contestant and Mother Theresa wannabe. That’s because the pop-diva-turned-activist recently made another stand for human rights.

While in Minsk for a gala dinner and concert, Loreen snuck away for a bit to meet with some of the folks suffering the most at the hands of President Alexander Lukashenko—a man George Bush once described as “the last dictator in Europe.” This proves once again that Loreen is our kind of girl: first she eats all the scrumptious food that the President has to offer, then she sneaks away to meet with his biggest opponents. You go, girl!

President Alexander Lukashenko will not be downloading “Euphoria” from iTunes

Loreen may have been throwing up her caviar the next morning. Speaking to reporters, she revealed how pained she was when she met with activists. “The meeting made an unbelievably strong impression,” the Swedish singer of Moroccan-Berber descent told reporters. “It pains my heart to hear the conditions under which they live.”

According to Radio Free Europe, Loreen spent more than two hours with Nataliya Pinchuk, whose husband is currently serving a 5.5 year sentence for tax evasion charges. Supporters say those charges are politically motivated. “I think things will work out fine. I really hope so,” Loreen is quoted by RFE as saying. “Because it breaks my heart that such a wonderful family is separated like this — where the son is in one place and the mother in another, and the father in prison and fighting for the right things.”

Watch a snippet of Loreen’s meeting with Nataliya:

Loreen only felt comfortable talking to journalists about her secret meetings after-the-fact. She had to keep it all very hush-hush beforehand to avoid a crackdown by the government. But even after the meetings Loreen got a bit of a scare. “On my way to the airport I felt followed and felt a certain fear,” she revealed. “So I understand what these people must go through.”

Oh, Loreen: an airport limo ride and several years in prison are two very different things. But nonetheless, we at WiwiBloggs.Com applaud your efforts to take your Eurovision title and spread peace and freedom across Europe.

And Loreen isn’t just about kind words. She crab-walked her way to the bank en route to Minsk and left the Civil Rights Defenders with a cheque for 75,000 kronor! The defenders may not speak fluent English, but we’re pretty sure they felt euphoria after Loreen’s visit.

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LalehForWD
LalehForWD
8 years ago

Perhaps an update: During this week there has been a rather serious diplomatic conflict between Belarus and Sweden. Read: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19112233. Sadly enough the conflict seems to escalate further and diplomatic relations are broken. The story of the teddy-bear parachute attack on Minsk July 4 (a week before the Vitebsk festival), is finally surfacing. It was largely ignored by the media in Sweden and viewed as a marketing trick or a weird artistic event (Studio Total – http://www.studiototal.se/). It’s of course not Loreen or Studio Total that caused the turmoil but rather the skilled work on Human Rights done by Ambassador… Read more »

LalehForWD
LalehForWD
8 years ago

We’re all in these pages for fun and for music and I didn’t mean Eurovision should be political. However, when Loreen did her visits to civil rights groups in Baku, I felt there was irritation among ESC-fans over this and an unwillingness to discuss the matter. A kind of unspoken nono. I guess Anke Engelke overstep in this sense as well. As this is only a reflection, I hope I’m wrong.

LalehForWD
LalehForWD
8 years ago

Hmm, grips seem far away. I’ll never get hold them. If irony was the purpose in this article, it was totally wasted on me since I took it as cynical. Which by the way I believe most casual readers reaction will be. I must admit the scene with Loreen sitting at the President’s dinner table and sneaking out the backdoor for a tête-à-tête with the resistance is both clever and funny. : D Untrue though. As a side note, Loreen never had any recognition for her civil rights commitment. Very little have been published in the news so the only… Read more »

LalehForWD
LalehForWD
8 years ago

Well, of course I understand the style. I was looking for the fun and amusing, perhaps a little bit taken back by your previous article about Loreen. All in all, it just turned into a joykiller. To be frank, you ruined the irony and real fun in these events: Loreen made President Alexander Lukashenko pay the activists directly. You also missed the exciting facts that the Swedish Ambassador first was denied access, later allowed access after threats by Loreen. Loreen 007 – license to sing. 😀 BTW, it’s the Civil Rights Defenders NGO that will receive the money for activities… Read more »

Vebooboo Nadella
Vebooboo Nadella
8 years ago

Oh Laleh, you must not understand our style. We fully applaud Loreen for being the only Eurovision star in Baku to take a stand and do something for human rights. And 75,000 kronor is no trivial sum. All we say is that the recipients must have been ruul ruul happy after receiving the money. Bottom line, we love this girl, and all the crab-walk quirkiness she brings to ESC-land. So no need to hate on us…