In 2009, Ukrainian-born Anastasia Prikhodko sang for Russia at Eurovision. Her selection wasn’t just unique because she was born in Kyiv. It was unique because she sang for Russia at the first Eurovision it hosted. That transformed her into a Russian national hero, if only for a few weeks, and made her a staple of television chat shows.

Fast-forward to 2014, however, and she’s now Russia’s public enemy #1. According to Radio Free Europe, her star has fallen in the land of Dima Bilan, and she has become “the target of a mudslinging campaign in the Russian media, which have singled her out as one of the country’s greatest foes.”

On August 31, Russia’s NTV aired a program called “17 Friends of the Junta”, which portrayted Anastasiya as an anti-Russian rebel. It included footage of her estranged Russian grandmother crying and describing her granddaughter as a source of shame for the family. Separately, the Russian singer Iosif Kobzon described her 2009 Eurovision performance as “disgraceful” and called her a “street girl…who swears like a prostitute.”

Anastasia is keeping her cool.

“I find it funny watching how Russian media are agonizing,” she told Radio Free Europe. “The very name of the program is laughable.”

Anastasia Prikhodko Twitter AnPrikhodko

Her father may be Russian, but Kyiv-born Prikhodko has shown allegiance to Ukraine from the very start of the Ukraine-Russia conflict last December.

“I first demonstrated my political stance when I sang at the Maidan on December 14,” she said. “At the time, [Viktor] Yanukovych was still president and we risked losing everything. But for us, the future of our country took precedence over our own.”

As we previously reported, Prikhodko is among the Ukrainian Eurovision stars who has toured the east of the country, where Russian separatist forces have wreaked havoc. She’s been outspoken on Twitter, and has been repeatedly photographed in Ukrainian colours. Recently she was seen holding a puppy who had lost its home in one devestated region. She has continued the right with music, unveiling a song entitled “Heroes Don’t Die”.

Anastasia, who rose to fame after winning Russia’s Star Factory in 2007, says she won’t be returning to Moscow: “I won’t sing for the occupiers.”

You can visit Anastasia’s official web site by clicking here. Follow her on Twitter @AnPrikhodko.

Photo: Zimbio

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Francheska
5 years ago

Really shows how petty the Russian media is. All their propaganda is so pathetic and targets innocent people.
Also- trust anyone who holds a puppy and the puppy doesn’t look scared.

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

It was a mistake in the first place for her to represent Russia. We may all be witnessing the downfall between Ukraine and Russia … but the cracks on the wall and the dirt under the rug were always there in the first place … silently maybe …. but there … sooner or later it would explode somehow. Russia, the centrepiece of the old “ghostly” present URSS never, absolutely never accepted the death of its “mother” … and Ukraine seems to be an easy target to try to shut down or to blame for. Ukraine may not be a country… Read more »

Branko
Branko
5 years ago

Well, Karma is a…

Jamaraqueer
Jamaraqueer
5 years ago

Russia deserved higher placing at ESC 2009. Video screen was so cool!

Archeops
Archeops
5 years ago

nancyp, it was jury fault. They gave Anastasiya 6 votes and 5 to Valeriya.

nancyp
nancyp
5 years ago

Well, Archeops, Russians chose to send her, so blame the Russians. I actually thought she was great.

Archeops
Archeops
5 years ago

1.”Russian separatist forces”. Pro-Russian.
2.It was a big mistake to send her. Valeriya was better.