Ukrainian singer Jamala is representing her country at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Her song remembers the mass deportation of Tatars from Crimea on Joseph Stalin's orders. Many Russians consider the lyrics to be a provocation.
Two Crimean Tatar activists sentenced for political activities by Russian authorities have been freed after an intervention by Turkey's president. The men were jailed as Moscow clamped down on the separatists.
Ukraine has barred Russia's Eurovision contestant from entering the country because she previously performed in Crimea. Relations between the neighbors have deteriorated since Moscow's 2014 annexation of the territory.
The countdown is on for the candidates in the Eurovision Song Contest in the lead-up to Saturday's final. How do they feel? All agree that after the ESC, nothing will be the same.
In a musically strong year, a no-frills song by a brother and sister team was the clear favorite. This marks the first time Portugal has won the competition.
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