Press Secretary of the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Paulina Levitskaite said that the Ukrainian singer Svetlana Loboda will not be included in the list of undesirable persons of the republic, since there are no legal grounds for this. On November 25, Ms. Levitskaite reported that the singer would be included in the list of persona non grata following consultations with the Ukrainian side.
“A detailed analysis of the facts showed that there was no legal basis or objective data that would indicate the possibility of including Loboda on the list of undesirable persons in Lithuania,” Paulina Levitskaite told reporters (quoted from TASS).
Earlier, the Minister of Culture of Lithuania, Simonas Kairis, called Svetlana Loboda’s position in relation to Russia’s actions during the special operation in Ukraine “unclear”. Then the minister urged representatives of Lithuanian show business to cancel the singer’s events in the country, following the example of Latvia, where several of her performances were disrupted.
After the start of the special operation, Svetlana Loboda left for Latvia. The singer spoke out against the special operation in Ukraine. In an interview with journalist Katerina Gordeeva (recognized as a foreign agent), she said that she broke off business relations with Russia after February 24 and canceled her tour. She assured that she would no longer hold concerts in the Russian Federation. At the same time, the singer continues to sing songs in Russian.
In April, Izvestia published a list of Ukrainian citizens banned from entering Russia for 50 years. The list included Svetlana Loboda, as well as a number of other cultural figures, including singers Andrei Danilko (Verka Serdyuchka), Svyatoslav Vakarchuk (Ocean Elzy), Alexei Potapenko and Anastasia Kamensky (Potap and Nastya).