: Russian TV must apologize for offensive commentary - Russian lawyer

14:16 May. 16, 2016

Russian TV must apologize for offensive commentary - Russian lawyer

Ukraine's Jamala celebrates with the trophy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest final with the song '1944' in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, May 15, 2016. (AP Photo)

Russia's Eurovision commentators labeled forced Crimean Tatars' deportation an act of free will 

Russian television must publicly appologise for insulting the historical tragedy of Crimean Tatars deported in 1944. This is according to a Russian lawyer Dmitriy Sotnikov who started gathering signatures in an online petition addressed to the Russian television top management.

Read also Deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 must be recognised as genocide - Ukraine

The incident occurred during Jamala's performance at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The commentators of Russian TV channel "Rossiya-1" described Jamala's song "1944" as "a prayer of those leaving their homes searching for better life far beyond". The top manager of All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company ("VGTRK") Oleg Dobrodeev must say sorry for stating these words on air, insists the lawyer.

"Naming the deportation of 1944 a free will in search of better life is a total blasphemy and undisguised outrage of the Crimean Tatars and their national memory, as well as the other numerous victims of Stalin's regime," claims Sotnikov.

Ukrainian singer Susana Jamaladinova, known under her stage name Jamala, won 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on May, 14th. Having scored 543 points, she left behind the main favourites of the show from Australia and Russia. The song "1944" devoted to the mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars under the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin deeply angered Russian authorities who had claimed earlier to ban Jamala from participating for being too focused on political issues.

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

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