Russia may boycott the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine after its rivals won with a song about Stalin and ethnic cleansing. Vict...
Russia Threatens To Boycott Next Year’s Eurovision Song Contest After Ukraine Win
Victor Jamala pushed Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, who had been favourite, into third place with track ‘1944’, also believed to be a pop at President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea two years ago.
The Ukrainian singer, below, insisted it did not break Eurovision’s ban on political songs as it was a tribute to her great-grandmother.
But its opening lyrics included the lines: “When strangers are coming, they come to your house, they kill you all and say, ‘We’re not guilty’.”
Russian officials tried to get the song barred for being political and said it referred to ongoing conflict.
Franz Klintsevich, of the country’s Federation Council defence committee, was quoted in the Daily Mirror saying: “If nothing changes in Ukraine by next year, I don’t think we need to take part.”