Famed Russian singer Alla Pugacheva said in an Instagram post that she wants to be placed on Russia's "foreign agent" list a day after her TV presenter husband was designated as such by Moscow.
"I am asking you to please include me in the group of foreign agents of my beloved country in solidarity with my husband, an honest, decent, and sincere person," Pugacheva, 73, wrote on September 18 on her verified account.
On September 17, her husband, Maksim Galkin -- a comedian and television presenter -- was added to the Justice Ministry's list of persons acting as "foreign agents" for allegedly conducting political activities on behalf of Kyiv and receiving funds from Ukraine.
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Moscow quickly adopted a law criminalizing the dissemination of “false” information that “discredits the armed forces.” The law has been central to a massive crackdown against dissent over the war in Russia.
Pugacheva described Galkin -- who has criticized the Kremlin’s decision to invade Ukraine -- as a “true and incorruptible patriot” who wishes for “the end of deaths of our guys for illusory goals.”
In response to the “foreign agent” allegations, Galkin wrote on Instagram: "I don't do political activities.... I do humor and political satire."
He said he received money from Ukraine about a decade ago when he performed at a concert there.
Pugacheva, who has been well-known since the 1970s, remains popular throughout the former Soviet Union.
Galkin and Pugacheva left Russia shortly after the start of the war, but Pugacheva reportedly returned in August. Galkin's location is not clear.