Ruslana

Ukrainian singer

Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko (May 24, 1973) is a popular Ukrainian pop singer, composer, producer, conductor and dancer. She was born in the city of Lviv in Ukraine. She won the Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul in 2004. She is also a former Member of Parliament serving as deputy in the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) for the Our Ukraine Party.

Ruslana (with a fan, in Romania)
Ruslana with First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Higginbottom in 2014

Human rightsEdit

In 2014, Ruslana became a leader in the Maidan movement for human rights and democratic reform in Ukraine. [1] During the demonstrations, Ruslana stayed on the streets. At night she slept in a cold tent. Every night she sang the Ukrainian national anthem for the protestors.[2] When the government police came, she stayed on the stage. She told the protesters to stay calm. She told the police to respect human rights.[3][4]

Ruslana was also in the 2004 Orange Revolution. She was UNICEF National Ambassador in Ukraine in 2005. In 2008 she spoke for green energy.[5]

AwardsEdit

In 2014 Ruslana received the International Women of Courage Award form the U.S. Department of State. [6][7]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Myt Vesny - Dzvinkiy viter (Moments of Spring - Sonorous wind) (1998)
  • Ostanne Risdvo x-90 (Last Christmas of the 90ies) (1999)
  • Najkrashche (The Best) (2001)
  • Dobriy vechir, tobi... (Good evening to you...) (2002)
  • Dyki Tantsi (Wild Dances) (2003)
  • Dyki Tantsi (Eurobonus) (2004)
  • Wild Dances (2004)
  • Wild Dances (New Year Edition) (2005)
  • Club'in (2006)

SinglesEdit

  • Wild Dances (2004)
  • Dance with the Wolves (2004)
  • The Same Star (2005)
  • Dyka Energyia (Wild Energy) (2006)

ReferencesEdit

  1. "AWIU » Introducing Ruslana Lyzhychko of Ukraine, 2014 International Women of Courage Awardee". Archived from the original on 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  2. "Ruslana serenades protesters in Kiev".
  3. "US Honors International Women of Courage". VOA.
  4. "Ukrainian Euromaidan volunteer receives State Department's International Women of Courage Award". UPI.
  5. "Why did Michelle Obama give a Ukrainian pop star the Women of Courage award?".
  6. "2014 International Women of Courage Award Winners - International Women of Courage Celebration".
  7. "Bios of 2014 Award Winners". 2009-2017.state.gov.

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