Russian singer Philipp Kirkorov recorded a video in which he thanked for the exclusion from the blacklist of the Ministry of Culture and expressed hope for concerts in Ukraine. The video was posted on Kirkorov's Instagram.
“I send every fan of Ukraine a piece of my soul and heart! I am overwhelmed with feelings of pride and joy. Thank you for being with me. Officials heard us! Over the weekend, Ukrainian authorities excluded my name from the so-called blacklist. Thank you all for the words of support, thank you for your love! Everyone has the right to decide what to listen to and watch. You have proved that music and politics cannot and should not collide. Perhaps now there is a hope that the situation between our countries will improve,” Kirkorov said.
He also stated that “now his songs can be heard in every house of Ukraine” and expressed hope that in the future he will hold concerts in the country.
“Only mercy and love can be above the law, only forgiveness - above justice…Now in every house of Ukraine, my songs can be heard with full right, my shows can be broadcast on TV. And, of course, I am looking forward to live concerts and meetings with each of you,” Kirkorov added.
As it was reported earlier, on June 22, Kirkorov was put on the list of people who are considered to be a threat to national security.
The singer said he was proud to be included in the list, although he thought it was absurd. However, a few days later, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) sent a new letter to the Ministry of Culture with a request to withdraw the inclusion of Philipp Kirkorov in the list of persons threatening national security. The Ministry of Culture complied with the recommendation.
The singer himself has repeatedly supported the annexation of Crimea by Russia. In particular, on the Russia channel, Kirkorov said: “Crimea is my favorite place in Russia”. In early 2021, he was banned from entering Lithuania because of his support for the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea.