: Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala gets a warm welcome at home
Society10:27 May. 17, 2016

Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala gets a warm welcome at home

Ukrainian singer says Europe now knows the story of Crimean Tatars 

Triumphant return for Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala. The Ukrainian singer received a warm welcome at Kyiv's Boryspil International airport.

Jamala said her fans and family's support were extremely helpful: "I had my parents call me from Crimea. They said there were fireworks there and everyone was so happy to see me win".

Read also Self-proclaimed Crimean authorities invite Jamala to Russia-occupied peninsula

The Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar origin added that the story of her family, of Crimean Tatars, was finally heard. Europe paid attention because the story came from the heart.

Ukrainian singer Susana Jamaladinova, known under her stage name Jamala, won 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on May, 14. 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.

Watch also Highlights of Jamala's triumphant Eurovision performance (photo, video)

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