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She
is one of the Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of singing grandmothers
who ended up second at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with their
catchy tune sung in the Udmurt language, a distant relative of Finnish.
As the oldest and smallest member of the group, the 76-year-old
Pugachyova became a star of the pan-European contest, whose millions of
devoted fans love its kitschy fun.

Her newfound fame helped her find the grave of her father, who disappeared while fighting the Nazis in 1942.

At
a press conference she mentioned her father, Yakov Begeshev, who
disappeared when she was 6 years old. The last letter they received from
him came during a battle in the Voronezh region south of Moscow, which he described as being so fierce that he was unlikely to survive.

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