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Ruslana in Germany
Ruslana with First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Higginbottom in 2014

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.

Human rights[change | change source]

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]

Awards[change | change source]

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

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

  • 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)

Singles[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  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". The Washington Post.
  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?". The Washington Post.
  6. "2014 International Women of Courage Award Winners - International Women of Courage Celebration". Archived from the original on 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  7. "Bios of 2014 Award Winners". 2009-2017.state.gov.

Other websites[change | change source]