: Political Victory: Russian media reacts to Ukraine's Eurovision triumph

16:08 May. 15, 2016

Political Victory: Russian media reacts to Ukraine's Eurovision triumph

Jamala winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest gives a press conference at Ericsson Globe Arena on May 14, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Getty Images)

Ukraine's Jamala wins 2016 Eurovision with a song labelled by Moscow as ‘politically charged'

Despite the fact that Ukraine was included in Eurovision's Top 3 of the possible winners, the Russian mass media outlets seemed to be caught flatfooted with Jamala's victory on May 14.

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It looks like the victory of the Ukrainian contestant was not of the primary importance for Russia Today. Instead, the Russian government-funded television network repeatedly pointed out that Ukrainian viewers gave the maximum 12 points to the Russian contestant Sergey Lazarev, unlike the Ukraine's professional jury.

The resource also quoted Lazarev as saying the attitude towards the Russian contestants was rather negative during the last two years. The Russian singer added he was pleased to be able to reverse the situation and to receive such a great amount of European votes.

Russia news agency RIA Novosti published the comment of Ruslan Balbeka, the so-called 'deputy prime minister' of the occupied Crimea, who said that even being the best performer in the world may not be enough for the victory, especially if you have Russian citizenship.

The First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Parliament's Culture Committee and actress Yelena Drapeko announced that the victory of a contestant with a song titled '1944' is the result of the information war. Konstantin Kosachev, the Head of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Russia's Federation Council, said Ukraine's budget will be greatly affected by Eurovision 2017.

The television network Dozhd (TV Rain) noted '1944' is a very personal song for the Ukrainian winner as it depicts the Crimean Tatars' deportation during Stalin regime.

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Russian online newspaper Lenta.ru branded the Ukrainian-Russian struggle for the victory in the context as musical and political one.

'If both Ukraine and Europe decided to impress Russia by music, it should be noted that they have chosen a spectacular composition,' RIA Novosti wrote. The media outlet added that the Russia was represented by a song that 'could hardly be memorized.'


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