State Duma Against Eurovision Song About Deportation of Crimean Tatars

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

22nd February, 2016


KP

First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma on Information Policy ,Vadim Dengin, today urged the jury of “Eurovision” to ban the song “1944” by Crimean Tatar singer Susana Jamaladinova (performing under the name ‘Jamala’), from representing Ukraine. 380,000 spectators voted for her song “1944”, and then, in the final selection, it was supported by the national jury.

It is impossible to understand that this song is about the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 from the wording itself. However, the political allusions to the actions of the USSR in 1944 in Crimea, and indirectly to the actions of Russia in 2014 is quite clear and readable.

“The majority of citizens (of Ukraine) that do not receive any salaries or pensions, cannot afford to watch Eurovision, because, firstly, they cannot pay for electricity, and secondly, they don’t care about Eurovision”, – said the people’s Deputy.

In his opinion, such a composition proves the political nature of the contest.

“I hope that the Eurovision leadership will not allow these things in the venue of its competition,” he said.

The story of the Crimean Tatar singer is not the first scandal in the competition.

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On February 13th 2015 in Kiev, the second semi-final of the national selection for the Eurovision song contest in 2016 took place, where the most points were gained by the group “SunSay” with the song “Love Manifest”.

Ukrainian patriots immediately accused the musicians in private tours in Russia of conducting concerts in Crimea and being sympathetic for the Donetsk separatists. In response to these allegations, the frontman of SunSay said that he is not going to stop playing in Russia and considers his Russian listeners to be the same as the Ukrainian ones.

However, under this pretext the Kharkov group withdrew from the contest, and eventually the song “1944” won.

This year’s “Eurovision 2016” will be held in Stockholm after last year’s competition in Vienna was won by Mans Zelmerlow with the song “Heroes”. Russia at the contest, which will be held from 10th to 14th May, will present Sergey Lazarev.

Lyrics:

When strangers are coming


They come to your house

They kill you all and say

We’re not guilty, not guilty

Where is your mind? Humanity cries


You think you are gods but everyone dies

Don’t swallow my soul

Our souls

I couldn’t spend my youth there


Because you took away my peace

I couldn’t spend my youth there

Because you took away my peace

We could build a future


Where people are free

To live and love

The happiest time, our time

Where is your heart? Humanity rise


You think you are gods but everyone dies

Don’t swallow my soul

Our souls

I couldn’t spend my youth there


Because you took away my peace

I couldn’t spend my youth there

Because you took away my peace

I couldn’t spend my youth there


Because you took away my peace

I couldn’t spend my youth there

I couldn’t have my homeland

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