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A Lot Of Russians Think There Was A Eurovision Conspiracy Against Them

They think the vote was rigged and Ukraine only won thanks to "politics".

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Ukraine’s contestant, Jamala, has won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest – with a song about Russian military aggression.

Her song, "1944", is a sombre ballad that deals with Stalin's rule and ethnic cleansing in Ukraine, as well as more recent tensions with Russia.
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Her song, "1944", is a sombre ballad that deals with Stalin's rule and ethnic cleansing in Ukraine, as well as more recent tensions with Russia.

Ukrainians are delighted.

Джамала, ти молодець! Я в тебе вірив. Що Україна успішно прозвучить твоїм голосом. Бо ти - справжня.

"You did great, Jamala! I believed in you. That Ukraine will successfully be heard through your voice. Because you are real."

Неймовірно, Джамала виграла Євробачення!😳😍🎉👏 А я навіть не вірила! Тепер Євробачення 2017 буде в Україні!🎊🎉 @jamala

"Unbelievable, Jamala won Eurovision. And I didn’t even believe. Now Eurovision 2017 is going to be in Ukraine!"

But a lot of Russians are pissed off. Russia's entrant, Sergey Lazarev, was the bookmakers' favourite, and had been riding high until the final stages, before ultimately coming third.

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Some Russians are annoyed for aesthetic reasons: They just think Ukraine's song sucked and didn't deserve to win.

Я не смотрела ничего о #Eurovision до финала. Включила трансляцию чётко на Сереже и помню всю песню. А Джамала просто выла. Мелодию не помню

"Jamala was just howling. Can’t even remember the melody."

Others are unhappy because apparently they flat-out dislike Ukraine.

Украина, ты - лажа. Откуда у тебя деньги на проведение след.Евро? Украина! Ненавижу тебя, слышишь, ты? Украииинаа?!💩💩

"Ukraine you suck. Where will you get money to host Eurovision? Ukraine! Hate you, you hear me? Ukraine!"

Still others, however, detect a conspiracy, claiming Jamala won because of "politics".

СОРЯН, ЛЕНТ ИМХО ДЖАМАЛА НЕ ПЕЛА, А ОРАЛА И ВЫЛА ПРОСТИТЕ, НО ЕЕ ПОБЕДА ПРОСТО ИЗ-ЗА ПОЛИТИКИ ЭТА ПОБЕДА НЕ-ЧЕ-СТ-НА-Я! #Eurovision

"I’m sorry, but tbh, Jamala didn’t even sing. She cried and howled. I’m sorry, but her win is just because of politics. This is an unfair victory."

A number of Russians say their nation's entry actually won the popular vote, but was denied victory by the judges.

Народ за Россию. Жюри за Австралию. Победила Украина)))

"People for Russia. Judges for Australia. And Ukraine won))))"

They claim it was a conspiracy against Russia, and that the vote was rigged.

смотрите, в зрительском голосовании победил Лазарев. Люди не врут- Лазарев лав!!11!!1!

"Look, Lazarev won by televotes. People don’t lie Lazarev one love."

ЗАТО БЛ ЛАЗАРЕВ ПОБЕДИЛ ПО МНЕНИЮ ЗРИТЕЛЕЙ А ОСТАЛЬНОЕ ПОХЕР МИЛЛИОНЫ ЛЮДЕЙ Vs ПАРУ ЧЛЕНОВ ЖЮРИ.... ПФ.......

"Lazarev won by people’s vote! Other things don’t matter! Millions of people vs couple of judges… pffff."

On this talk show on the Russia One channel, which aired just after Eurovision, the presenter talked as if Russia had actually won the contest. "Lazarev's performance was a triumph," he said.

The headline top left of the screen says, "Сonquest of Europe".
Russia One

The headline top left of the screen says, "Сonquest of Europe".

Amid talk of Russia's "victory by popular vote", the audience could be heard chanting, "We won, we won."

Russia One.

Russian TV greets Sergei Lazarev with chants of "Champion!" as if he'd won #Eurovision. Claims it was all rigged

High emotions over Eurovision reflect broader tensions between the two countries.

Relations have deteriorated since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and subsequent meddling in east Ukraine. In the run-up to the Eurovision final, Russian officials argued that Ukraine's entry should be disqualified on account of it being too overtly political, but organisers disagreed.