Ruslana is a woman of courage — just ask Mrs. Obama

Ruslana, the winner of Eurovision 2004, has been awarded the prestigious United States Secretary of State’s Women of Courage award by US First Lady Michelle Obama. The award recognizes Ruslana’s efforts for a more democratic government in Ukraine.

“It’s very important to be … a voice of my country,” she said as she accepted the award yesterday.

In recent months Ruslana has exposed herself to great risk as a leading voice among Ukrainian protestors. She has transcended pop music to become a national heroine, and a symbol of hope for Ukrainians without a voice.

“I think of myself as a volunteer … showing people that we need to be [on Independence Square] because there is no other way,” she said in December. “Europe must be our future.”

In honor of her achievements, let’s relive “Wild Dances”.

Related Links

Ruslana serenades protestors in Kyiv (Washington Post)

Why did Michelle Obama give a Ukrainian pop star the Women of Courage Award? (Washington Post)

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Alex
Alex
7 years ago

@Charles: He only made one error…

Pixy
Pixy
7 years ago

More democratic? Really? Those fascistic scum who overthrew real government.. who now intimidate mp’s forcing them to adopt lame lows? This is just wrong.. on many levels. Sick fkn liars.

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

@Dhani: You speak French? Or is it Google translator doing all the work for you as you wild dance in your bedroom filled with Helena posters like a girl surrounded by 1D or Bieber crap?

beccaboo1212
7 years ago

Are you kidding me?!?!?

David Thielen
7 years ago

Kudos to Ruslana. Very well deserved!

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

A well deserved award. Not every celebrity puts herself on the front line on protests as consistently as Ruslana did… better said, most of them don’t.

D
D
7 years ago

*@Dar

D
D
7 years ago

@D
Well Obama is not a dictator, and even if he was leaders like Putin, Kim-Jong Un, and Lukashenko are way worse.

Dar
Dar
7 years ago

@ D, it’s one thing being a dictator to your own country but being a dictator to every other country like Obama is another

D
D
7 years ago

@Dar
Lol, you probably have no idea what a dictator is then.

Dar
Dar
7 years ago

Receiving an award from the wife of the worlds no1 dictator

Dhani
7 years ago

J’aime vraiment la chanson de Ruslana de l’année deux mille quatre. La chanson est pleine d’énergie et mérité de gagner.

Dhani
7 years ago

@Charles i think this is the first time ever you have written a comment which isn’t 3 pages long!!!!

Leon
Leon
7 years ago

Yep, while the common people in Ukraine, who really don’t care whether their country will side with Europe or Russia, are suffering.

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

Everybody may love Ruslana for her Eurovision victory … but if anyone deserved any award is the Ukrainian people suffering and struggling for their country every day … not Ruslana … I’m sorry.

Dar
Dar
7 years ago

She is a busy woman ..