The soprano has taken down a post on her Facebook page, explaining why she gave a million roubles ($19,000) to the opera house in war-torn Donestsk, handing the cheque to a pro-Russian separatist in front of a separatist flag. The incident has caused her no end of distress.
In Donetsk, meanwhile, the money has been handed out to singers and staff at the opera house. Each received 1,000 rubles ($19). None has received a pay cheque since July.