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Ruslana at the conference TEDx in Sao Paolo, Brazil


Ruslana is currently staying in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where she will take part in the world-known annual TEDx conference which is dedicated to the ideas worth spreading.

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Ruslana:
I will be dedicating my speech at the world-famous conference TEDx which will take place on March 23 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to the Maidan and the power of the people. This conference will be opened by Pelé, the most legendary football player.
The Maidan: revolution or evolution?

At the Maidan we were defending the things which hold the most value for us - the life, the future, dignity, the right to choose! We wanted to change our lives for the better, to get a perspective for our country’s as well as of our own development.

We all want to be happy in Ukraine and not having to resort to seeking a happier life overseas. What was it that took place on the Maidan: revolution or evolution?

By all means we want to create, not ruin.

Maidan is what the creation of life is based upon: mutual understanding, solidarity, the desire to hear each other and to help each other, giving up everything for your close ones, giving up everything for your country while not expecting anything in return, the desire to be together!

Maidan was praying in all languages and all religions. We are all different, but united by a sole idea - Ukraine! To me, the picture of Maidan will always remain as the “Lights of Freedom”.

Alongside Ruslana, the other participants of this very conference will include the world-famous football player Pelé, the Secretariat-General of the Presidency of the Republic, Gilberto Carvalho, activist and defender of the women’s rights in Egypt, Mona Eltahawy, journalist and co-ordinator of the civil initiatives during the protests in Brazil, Bruno Torturra, and a 14-year old student Isadora Faber, who got renowned for her online diaries revolving around the problems faced by students.

Right after Brazil, Ruslana will be taking off to Washington, where she will participate in the Atlantic Council Program.

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Ruslana performed National Anthem of Ukraine at Women in the World 2014 in New York

On April 3, 2014 the opening ceremony for the Women in the World Summit took place which will be held for three days in the David H. Koch Theater. Ruslana received an invitation to take part in the event from one of the most famous American anchorwoman, the journalist and editor of The Daily Beast and producer of numerous talk shows, Tina Brown. Ruslana was invited as a Maidan activist who expressed her active civil position. At the opening ceremony of the Summit Ruslana performed a special version of the National Anthem of Ukraine in both Ukrainian and English.

The other participants of this Summit which was held for the fifth time included the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, Ambassador-At-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US Department of State and a Co-CEO of Vital Voices Partnership, Melanne Verveer, as well as the well-known Hollywood actress Meryl Streep.

At the closing ceremony of the Summit Ruslana performed This Is Euphoria the song which preceded the Maidan by almost two years and predicted the future events accurately depicting them in her official video. In her speech, Ruslana addressed the audience with a request to light up the flashlights as a gesture of solidarity and support of the Ukrainian people against Putin’s tyranny. In return 3,000 torches lit up in the hall.



Also Ruslana met with Hillary Clinton in private on the eve of the Summit, and in the following days the singer will take part in television programs, including the Charlie Rose show, and Good Morning America, as well as meet with the Ukrainian community and visit the Ukrainian Museum

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Today power of our voice is too big to keep silent: Ruslana devoted her performance to Ukraine

Today the power of our voice is too big to keep silent.

“People of the world! All politicians, All celebrities!

I scream for help! Today the power of our voice is too big to keep silent! We need Your public statement, real actions to stop the new War in Ukraine!

Let’s do everything to save human lives before it is too late!

Don’t wait! Act! We want PEACE!”,
with these moving words Ruslana opened her performance which she devoted to her native Ukraine and Crimea. The show was broadcast live on Belgian national TV.

All of Belgium is talking about Ukraine now, she said. To show solidarity her song “This is Euphoria” was aired on the biggest Belgian radiostation. During her performance simple Belgians people raised Ukrainian blue-and-yellow flags.

Nobody accepts “Putin’s sabbath” here.

On her mind, today Putin died as politician for the whole civilized world.

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Ruslana was honoured with the 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award


Ruslana becomes one of the 10 prize winners to be honored with the 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award

The singer has become the first Ukrainian whose courage was recognized by the Americans since the foundation of the award in 2007. First Lady Michelle Obama personally congratulated Ruslana and other women from around the world.

“When we see these women raise their voices, and move their feet and empower others to create change, we need to realize that each of us has that same power, and that same obligation”, Obama said at the State Department ceremony.



Ruslana:
“It is a big honor for me to be here today amongst all these women, each one of them representing the embodiment of courage and bravery. This award, undoubtedly means a lot to me, but each woman who stood on the Maidan and supported the protests, each woman who courageously helped our brothers under the gunfire, equally merits the title of the bravest. And I am certain, that this our common honor and victory.

I am hoping that receiving this award and my visit to Washington would allow me to attract maximum attention to the actual events taking place in Ukraine.

Tomorrow, I will take part in the meeting at the National Press Club alongside the representatives of the most influential media agencies in the United States, and for the next few days I will be holding a series of meetings with the civil and political activists of the USA. The world has to know the truth about Ukraine from primary sources. We have to talk with the world in an open, sincere and truthful manner in defiance of the floods of lies and dirty propaganda leaking out of toxic sources. We have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to hide in our struggle for better life and for our dignity! Ukraine is open towards the world.

Glory to Ukraine!”

This year’s prize-winners include women from Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Fiji Islands, Saudi Arabia, Mali, India, Guatemala, Tajikistan and Georgia. A female bishop of the evangelical church, Rusudan Gotsiridze, was recognized as a courageous woman for her work in the field of religious tolerance, equal women’s rights and protection of all national minorities in Georgia.

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Ruslana Debuts as Jury Expert of Eurosong 2014 amid Crisis in Ukraine

Ruslana will debut as the Jury Expert of the Belgian Eurosong 2014 this Sunday, 16 February. Ruslana’s participation in the renowned Belgian Eurovision Song Contest pre-selection show comes exactly 10 years after her spectacular victory in the Contest in Istanbul. Ruslana’s winning song, Wild Dances, became one of the most successful Eurovision hits in the history of the Contest, and stayed for 11 weeks at No. 1 in the Belgian charts.

Yet, Ruslana is coming to Belgium at one of the most critical times in modern history of her own country, Ukraine, where mass protests, known as “EuroMaidan”, against the corrupt Ukrainian government and in favour of closer ties with the EU have been sweeping across the country since late November 2013.

Ruslana’s own social and political commitment has always been an affair of the heart for the power woman. Ever since the beginning of EuroMaidan, Ruslana has been fully dedicated to the protest, spending multiple nights in a row on Kyiv’s Independence Square, the centre of the protests, serving as an inspiration for the nightly protesters. “I risk my life for my people!” said Ruslana in a recent interview to the German magazine Closer.

Her extraordinary determination and commitment to fight for an EU future of her country was recognized in thousands of mass media articles all over the world describing her as the “Heroine of Ukraine”, “Heart and soul of the protest”, “Queen of the night”, “Voice of the revolution” and so on.

In fact, Ruslana had foretold the future of her country long before the protests began. When in December 2012 she released her new music video for her latest masterpiece This is Euphoria!, Ruslana said at a press conference: “To show the Ukraine of today, one must show a jail, the new symbol of Ukraine.” Ukraine behind bars is the main theme and message of the powerful music video, which shows a country where nobody is immune to the arbitrary application of the law.

This is Euphoria! is the lead single of Ruslana’s latest album, My Boo (Together). The album comprises 8 English, one Ukrainian and two remix bonus tracks. Despite its intercontinental rock and pop nature, Ruslana integrated old Slavic circle dances, liturgies and elements of classic pieces as well as popular folk themes.

The contestants of Eurosong will benefit from Ruslana’s vast experience of composing, producing, and performing successfully, and – last but not least – winning Europe’s most popular music show. As a jury member she will do her utmost to find the best candidate and to give Belgium a realistic chance to win this year’s contest.

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Ruslana performed at EuroMaidan in Munich

On 1 and 2 February Ruslana performed at a 3-day EuroMaidan action in Munich which gathered Ukrainians from all over Germany and Europe.

Ruslana started her speech with a minute of silence in memory of the deceased Maidan activists during which hundreds of torches were lit.

“Maidan in Munich confirms that Ukrainians worldwide are a unity. They are joining hands in anticipation of threats as survival instinct. I want the whole world to understand us: we are afraid to lose the most precious: dignity, freedom, rights, Ukraine”, Ruslana said.

Ruslana appealed to all Ukrainians who gathered on Maidan in the center of Munich, to ask God to give wisdom to fill the heart with love, not detestation.

“Although this regime has brought to all of us a lot of pain, criminals, usurpation of power, corruption …. we have to choose the right methods of fighting without violence, to be clean in the face of God”, Ruslana said.

The Ukrainians in Munich had installed their “Christmas tree” decorating it with different Ukrainian symbols ad gave a big yellow and blue heart to Maidan in Kyiv. Even a girl on crutches attended the event.

The Maidan activists in Germany made a suggestion for a statement of Yanukovych: “Me, Victor Fedorovich Yanukovych, resign as president of Ukraine”.

The people who organized this Maidan asked tell the people in Ukraine that it will become warmer, if we are fighting together!

The Ukrainians also organized a march through the city of Munich and an AutoMaidan convoy. This action, unlike in Ukraine, was supported by the local police. Indeed, in Europe there is no ban on peaceful assemblies and nobody disperses peaceful protests by tear gas, water cannon in the cold, by flamethrowers or batons.

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Ruslana met with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State of John Kerry

In Munich on February 2, during the 50th International Security Conference Ruslana met with Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State of John Kerry, United States Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia affairs.

Ruslana told Mrs. Nuland about the violation of human rights concerning the peaceful protests, persecution and intimidation of the activists.

The singer also informed the Assistant Secretary of State about the establishing of a working group in Ukraine which created the so-called “Black list” of all violations that are taking place in our country and are classified as a “Crime against humanity, against Ukrainians” This is a project of Professor Vladimir Vasilenko of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

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Ruslana spoke on the current situation in Ukraine during press-conference at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum

Today Ruslana gave a press conference in Berlin for leading German, European and world news agencies and media, including RTL, ZDZ, Reuters

At the press conference Ruslana spoke on and presented proofs of all recent terrible cases of human rights violations in Ukraine.



Journalists present could not hold their tears. Current events in Ukraine met their reaction of shock and indignation.






Moreover Ruslana reconfirmed to international media she had been warned that her life is in danger.

At the end of the press conference Ruslana sang the national anthem of Ukraine. Everyone present without any exception stood up and joined her by singing the anthem having demonstrated by this act their solidarity with Ukrainian people.

The conference took place at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum – a symbolic museum of the Berlin Wall founded in vicinity of the Checkpoint Charlie – a border crossing point at the former border between East and West Germany.

The Museum was founded over 50 years ago by Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt right after the Wall was constructed. Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt, a human rights activist, fought against dictatorship during Hitler times. He was imprisoned for 17 months and miraculously survived. After the end of the war he continued his struggle against dictatorship and for the human rights all over the world. His activities are now continued by his wife.

From Monday onwards the museum will be distributing yellow-and-blue ribbons (colours of the Ukrainian flag) to its visitors the number of which exceeds 3000 people per day.

It has been scheduled that in a few weeks there will be opened an exhibition narrating the current events in Ukraine under the slogans “No to dictatorship! Struggle for human rights, struggle against torture!”

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Ruslana made the issue of sanctions for criminal Ukrainian governance top priority on the agenda in Brussels

The Maidan activist Ruslana drew the attention of the European society to the corrupt property of Yanukovych and his government.

During the demonstration in support of the Ukrainian people which took place today on Luxembourg Square in Brussels at the main entrance to the European Parliament, the Altiero Spinelli building, she said:



“This corrupt money should immediately be verified. All these financial assets require immediate blocking. Sanctions should be imposed and visas should not be given to these people. You shouldn’t sit with them at the negotiating table. These are thoughts of average people in Ukraine who have been ignored and tortured for two months. And those laws which were now adopted are a shameful page in the history of Ukraine. Yanukovych is a dictator in the heart of Europe”

With slogans including “Ukraine is Europe”, “Help Ukraine - sanctions against Yanukovych”, “Europe: don’t just talk, start acting!” Ukrainian activists also from France and the Netherlands joined the rally. In addition some MEP’s attended in support.



After the rally in front of the European Parliament the activists moved to the European Commission where the 495th Plenary Session of the European Economic and Social Committee was held. Ruslana had been invited as “the voice of Maidan“ by the President of the Committee, Henry Malosse.



During her eight-minute speech Ruslana appealed to Europe to stop Yanukovych’s bloody actions by imposing sanctions on his property.

“Europe! Please help to stop Yanukovych’s bloody activities. Sanctions are absolutely essential in any form.
We can’t sit still and watch this dictatorship taking over Ukraine.
It’s wrong! We await support from the European Union in an efficient way!” Ruslana concluded her speech: „Ukraine is already Europe!“



Even the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso attended the Plenary Session. Ruslana talked to him face to face after her speech.



In the evening Ruslana was a guest on one of the most popular talk shows in Belgium, Reyers Laat of TV channel VRT-Canvas.



After explaining again how to stop the dictatorship in Ukraine, the host asked her if she is afraid of returning to her country. The Maidan activist replied that she will continue to draw the public attention to this subject. Dictatorship and corruption can only be eliminated through abrogation and audit of their property.

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Taking the Maidan protests to the EESC in Brussels

Ruslana, the face of the Maidan protests in Kiev, was invited to the EESC plenary with Oleksiy Honcharuk, a spokesman for the movement. While the right to demonstrate has been restricted in recent days by the Ukrainian Parliament, the EESC is strengthening its support to the Ukrainian civil society.


In December, an EESC delegation led by its president, Henri Malosse, traveled to Kiev to meet with those protesting against the postponement of the signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union and to understand their expectations. The EESC plenary session thus became an opportunity to bring the voice of the Ukrainian people to Brussels. “This is the civil society which is in the street today”, declared Henri Malosse. “This mobilization of the Ukrainian people is crucial and historic. Europe must not miss this appointment. “

For the EESC, which adopted a resolution on the topic, the fact the Ukrainian Parliament has restricted the framework of the right to protest is a worrying sign while the protest has lasted for several months. Right now, it is essential that the EU formally commits to opposing any repression that may be led against this movement.



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