Beauty queen punished by Putin’s police for singing song that ‘discredited’ army

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A beauty queen was punished by Vladimir Putin's police force after she filmed herself singing a pro-Ukrainian song and posted the clip to Instagram.

Olga Valeyeva, 34, was slapped with a £600 fine thanks to the post, narrowly escaping jail time as she has young children.

Meanwhile, her co-singer and friend Viktoria Amargalieva, 33, faced ten days behind bars.

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Valeyeva won this year’s Mrs Crimea beauty pageant before she publicly sang Chervona Kalyna, an anthem of Ukrainian resistance.

The mum-of-two and her pal were both charged with "discrediting" the Russian armed forces and "promoting extremist symbols” by singing the song.

Russian prosecutors also claimed the pair had "displayed Nazi symbols in public", as Kremlin officials now class any Ukrainian symbols as Nazi.

In addition to their respective punishments, the two were made to record a video to issue an apology for singing the song.

In the video Valeyeva said: "I sincerely apologise for singing Chervona Kalina, the meaning of which I had no idea.

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"I did not know or imagine that it was nationalistic and I in no way meant any propaganda message by singing it.

"I also want to apologise for unknowingly offending or insulting citizens by singing this song."

Before being taken off to serve her jail time, Amargalieva added: "I want to apologise that we performed a song with a meaning we did not know.

“I apologise to everyone who may have been offended.”

Putin’s police claimed the song was "an anthem of Ukrainian nationalist formations, including groups banned in Russia."

Crimea, where Valeyeva calls home, is considered part of Ukraine according to international law but was seized by Russia in 2014.

While Instagram is technically banned as extremist in Russia, many people access the social media platform using VPNs – including Kremlin officials.

The news comes amid reports that Putin's army is running scared as allegedly under-trained recruits are sent off to fight on the front lines in Ukraine.

Maps published by a Russian media outlet show Russian troops falling back a whopping 30 miles in just four hours as Ukrainian forces continue to push east towards the Russian border.

Putin announced last month (September 21) that he would be launching a partial mobilisation, sending some 300,000 more troops to fight – but it seems the escalation hasn't gone to plan.

Ukraine’s President Volodomyr Zelenskyy even added that occupied regions such as Donbas have had a major turn-around in recent days.

He added: “Over the past week, the number of Ukrainian flags in Donbas has increased. There will be even more in a week’s time”.

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