‘Anti-Rus­sian’ song by Ukrainian wins Euro­vi­sion

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Ja­mala of Ukraine on Sun­day won the im­mensely pop­u­lar Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test with a somber, con­tro­ver­sial tune that evokes Moscow’s de­por­ta­tion of mem­bers of her Crimean eth­nic group dur­ing World War II. She sang “1944,” a song about the de­por­ta­tion of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union on or­ders of Josef Stalin. Her per­for­mance also was con­sid­ered a strong re­buke to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s 2014 mil­i­tary push into Ukraine, ac­cord­ing to Euro­pean me­dia re­ports. Rus­sia an­nexed Crimea. Rus­sian state me­dia this week called the song anti-Rus­sian; Moscow said it vi­o­lated Euro­vi­sion rules.

Con­test of­fi­cials ruled the song didn’t breach rules pre­vent­ing “lyrics, speeches or ges­tures of a po­lit­i­cal or sim­i­lar na­ture.” Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko tweeted his con­grat­u­la­tions to Ja­mala. Ukraine missed the com­pe­ti­tion last year be­cause of its fi­nan­cial cri­sis, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish me­dia. Ja­mala, whose full name is Su­sana Ja­mal­a­dynova, told Ukraine To­day in Fe­bru­ary that she wrote the song be­cause she was in­spired by a story her great-grand­mother told her about the de­por­ta­tion of her fam­ily and oth­ers in Crimea.

“I would pre­fer that all th­ese ter­ri­ble things did not hap­pen to my great-grand­mother, and I would even pre­fer if this song did not ex­ist,” the tear­ful com­peti­tor told re­porters af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion. CNN

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