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.
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.