Mother of ANNA MARIA singers died in occupied Crimea; she worked for Russia
The mother of the singers from the scandalous Ukrainian duo ANNA MARIA, collaborator Larysa Opanasiuk, died in the temporarily occupied Crimea. She held the position of "ombudsman" from 2019 until May 2023, when she resigned, allegedly of her own free will.
Opanasiuk's death was reported by the Crimean media. It is noted that the occupiers' accomplice died at the age of 61 due to illness in the Semashko Hospital in Simferopol. The daughters have not commented on their mother's death yet (to watch the video, scroll to the end of the news).
In 2019, Ukrainian singers Anna and Maria Opanasiuk refused to speak directly about Crimea as a territory occupied by Russia. However, after the start of the full-scale invasion, they said that "everything has changed," and began performing at charity concerts and collecting aid for the Ukrainian military. Today, they explicitly state that they consider Crimea to be Ukrainian territory.
Their mother refused to comment to Russian media, saying that "everyone has their own position." She worked for the Russian-controlled government of Sergei Aksyonov and received the "For the Return of Crimea" award from the occupiers.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- In 2019, the Ukrainian duo ANNA MARIA, which had previously gotten into scandals with their statements about Crimea, performed at the New Wave 2019 festival in Sochi and infuriated the network. The artists took part in the festival's competition program and took fifth place.
- In 2021, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk was criticized for performing in the video of the Ukrainian duo ANNA MARIA. The 34-year-old native of Simferopol played one of the roles in the video for the song Light Up, which premiered the day before.