Professor Gwendolyn Sasse writes on the Crimean Tatars and the politics of the Eurovision Song Contest

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Gwendolyn Sasse has written an article for Carnegie Europe (17 May) about the curious implications of a Eurovision Song Contest in which the winning song, by the Ukrainian singer Jamala, explicitly references the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea to Central Asia - a deportation masterminded by Joseph Stalin in 1944.

"However," Gwen writes, "the contest’s second powerful message was that the public across Eurovision lands also cast a big vote for the Russian entry. In many countries this was not an either-or choice but rather a double endorsement at the higher end of the Eurovision points scale, which runs from one to twelve. Thus, the wider European public has adopted less of a “new Cold War” rhetoric than the political elites—and this can only be a good thing. Even the Russian voting public awarded the Ukrainian singer ten points; and Russian singer Sergey Lazarev received twelve points from the Ukrainian Eurovision electorate."

The full article can be read here:

Prof. Gwendolyn Sasse is Professor in Comparative Politics, Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, Harassment Officer