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Controversy swirls around Eurovision win

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>> Returning to a hero's welcome after winning the Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine. Ukrainian politicians hailing Jamala's win as a continent wide endorsement in their smoldering conflict with Russia. With a song about the deportation of ethnic from Crimea by Stalin.
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>> But the performance sparked anger for many in Moscow, according to Reuter's Matthias Williams.>> Well, Jamala's victory was seen somewhat differently in Russia where some people complained of a stitch up or that political considerations had given Jamala the victory as opposed to any merit in her song.
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Of course, this was all the more problematic for Russia because the Russian candidate in EuroVision actually was the favorite to win.>> Her victory even had mixed reviews back home in Crimea. Jamala's parents telling Reuters' that their neighbors weren't convinced.>>
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> Jamala's father Alim, was among the tens of thousands of families deported from the peninsula of Uzbekistan, in 1944.
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Why did she call it 1944, why 1944? They all reacted like they took part in the 1944 deportation. I cannot understand why they are against this song. I have no idea why.>>
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And while the final vote went right down to the wire, he was never in any doubt. The 2014 annexation of Crimea split Jamala's family. She moved to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, while her parents, in their 60s, stayed in Crimea under defacto Russian rule. But a large framed photo of the 32-year-old still commands pride of place in her parents' home.
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They're choosing to focus on their daughter's musical achievements, rather than any political undertones surrounding her Eurovision win.