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Russia Loses to Ukraine in ‘Politicized’ Eurovision Final

Ukraine came initial in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in a better for Russia that many in Moscow explain has some-more tie to geopolitics than their candidate’s performance.

Ukraine’s Jamala struck bullion at the Stockholm final with some-more than 500 points. Russia, the bookmakers’ favorite, came in third place, behind Australia.

Despite the contest organizers’ insistence the contest is apolitical, the final was brimful with symbolism.

Russia and Ukraine have been at crosshairs ever given Ukraine’s pro-Moscow personality Viktor Yanukovych was defeated from power. And Russia’s cast of Crimea continues to be a sore indicate in Ukraine and the West.

Jamala’s winning strain “1944” is strictly about the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars underneath Stalin. But the act clearly also alludes to the stream predestine of Crimean Tatars, that have complained of a renewed call of repression underneath Russian rule. Ahead of the final, Jamala called on electorate to show they were not “indifferent” to Russia’s actions and said Ukraine would not attend a Eurovision competition hosted by Russia if it won.

Russia’s candidate, Sergei Lazarev, however, has distanced himself from the domestic rhetoric. And following his defeat, he congratulated Jamala on her act.

“I am perplexing to think that it is all about strain and not about politics. We are at a strain contest, not a political one,” Lazarev said, the Reuters news group reported.

His coach, Filip Kirkorov, was discerning to point out that Lazarev and his opening of “You Are The Only One” had won the popular vote — that constitutes 50 percent of the sum score. “All of Europe voted for Sergei,” he told Russian state radio in a live broadcast.

Under a new system, the final scores at Eurovision are a combination of a renouned opinion and the votes of a veteran jury. So while Lazarev was the public’s favorite, the jury sided with Jamala.

At home, Lazarev’s better has sparked cries of foul play.

An article in the pro-Kremlin Komsomolskaya Pravda publication headlined: “How the European jury stole Lazarev’s victory.” And Duma emissary Yelena Drapeko told the state-run TASS news agency: “This is partial of a promotion fight opposite Russia. It’s about the overall demonizing of Russia — that all is bad over here, that the sportsmen use doping, that the airplanes violate [other countries’] atmosphere spaces.”

Meanwhile, Lazarev is set for a hero’s acquire at home.

“Sunshine, you’re the best, you’re the winner,” his mom told Lazarev during a live promote on Russian state television. “We’re watchful for you at home, with borscht and chicken, we promise!”

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/569559.html