Miss Crimea fined for singing patriotic Ukrainian song

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Miss Crimea fined for singing patriotic Ukrainian song

The newly-crowned winner of the Miss Crimea beauty pageant has been fined by Russian authorities for singing a patriotic Ukrainian song.

Olga Valeyeva and a friend were charged with “discrediting” the Russian armed forces amid the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine after they appeared in a video posted to Instagram singing “Chervona Kalyna,” The Moscow Times reported.

They also were accused of “promoting extremist symbols” for singing the anthem of Ukrainian resistance.

Valeyeva was fined 40,000 – the equivalent of $677 – and her friend was sentenced to 10 days behind bars for the performance, according to the news outlet.

The two women reportedly apologized later in a video posted on the Crimean Interior Ministry’s Telegram channel.

Miss Crimea Olga Valeyeva
Miss Crimea Olga Valeyeva was fined by Russian authorities for singing a patriotic Ukrainian song.
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Miss Crimea Olga Valeyeva
Valeyeva was reportedly fined 40,000 – the equivalent of $677 — and her friend received a 10-day jail sentence.
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Miss Crimea Olga Valeyeva
The beauty queen was accused of “promoting extremist symbols” for singing the anthem of Ukrainian resistance.
Instagram / @olga_rijjylya

Six other people were recently arrested or fined for playing “Chervona Kalyna” at a wedding reception in the Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, The Moscow Times said.

Valeyeva and her friend apologized for singing the patriotic Ukrainian song
The beauty queen and her friend later apologized in a video posted on the Crimean Interior Ministry’s Telegram channel.
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Sergei Aksyonov, the Kremlin-appointed regional head on the annexed peninsula, has warned people against “chanting pro-Ukrainian slogans” and “singing nationalist songs,” according to the report.

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