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Russians blast, Ukrainians cheer 'political' Eurovision win

Russia's 2016 entry Sergey Lazarev (C) watches as the final votes count comes in for the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, on May 14, 2016Russian lawmakers and commentators lashed out at Ukraine’s “political” victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, insisting Moscow’s entrant was robbed by its arch-foe, as the winner returned to Kiev Sunday to a rapturous welcome. Ukrainian singer Jamala won the glitzy contest Saturday in Stockholm with her ballad “1944” about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars by Soviet authorities during World War II, in a performance widely seen as a swipe at Moscow over its annexation of the peninsula in 2014. Russian singer Sergei Lazarev — the clear favourite with bookmakers before the contest — was beaten into third place after losing out on the national jury tallies despite claiming the most points from viewers in the public vote.

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