Maxim Chalenko: Winning Eurovision song typical example of disregard for history

May 16: The winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest, “1944,” dedicated to the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, is a typical example of disregard for the lessons of history in Europe today. This opinion was expressed by the leader of the Lugansk Communists, Maxim Chalenko. 

“Following this logic, in a couple of years, shouldn’t Europe welcome a song about the ‘unfortunate’ verdict delivered by the Nuremberg Tribunal? You cannot pick out individual facts from history, it is necessary to remember all of it. The resettlement of the Crimean Tatars was the consequence of numerous acts of traitorous, collaborationist activities of representatives in the territory occupied by the Nazis in Crimea.

“Many historians later wrote that relocation was salvation for the Tartars, because if the USSR government had acted according to the letter of the law, a great number of men would simply have been shot for their crimes, which would inevitably lead to the degeneration of the whole people,” said the Communist.

He also noted that the “Eurovision” has become less of a talent competition, sliding towards a platform to settle petty political scores between countries. 

Recall that on May 14, the finale of Eurovision was held, in which victory was granted to Ukrainian contestant Jamala, who presented the song “1944.”


Translated by Greg Butterfield

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