: Russian journalists visit Jamala's parents under false pretences

16:52 May. 21, 2016

Russian journalists visit Jamala's parents under false pretences

Ukrainian singer Jamala (the stage name), Susana Jamaladinova attends a press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Getty Images)

Notorious newspaper journalists play a trick on Eurovision winner's parents to enter their house 

The Komsomolskaya Pravda journalists (the Russian newspaper commonly known for spreading propaganda and disinformation), got into the house of 2016 Eurovision winner Jamala's parents under a false pretext and secretly recorded a conversation with them.

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"My mother made them a bed, gave them food, while they were recording what they were talking about… They turned out to be Komsomolskaya Pravda journalists, who later stated they ‘visited Jamala's relatives'," the Ukrainian singer said at the briefing in Lviv, on May 21.

"Next morning my mother found out that they were not our acquaintances. It is simply disgusting when journalists stoop so low," Jamala added.

In her previous interviews Jamala mentioned that her parents, who stay in the Kremlin-occupied Crimea, refused to talk to Russian propaganda mass media outlets.

Jamala, a Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar descent, won 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with her somber piece '1944', about the mass deportation of her Crimean ethnic group under the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Ukraine scored 534 points and came ahead of the favourites – Australia, which finished second with 511 points, and Russia that was third with 491 points.

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Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, had been angered by the song of Ukraine's contestant and considered it to be political.

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