Monday, 16 May 2016

Ukraine's 'political Eurovision' song - what is the historic background?

In the news this week- some papers have reported that the Eurovision song contest winning song from Ukraine was 'political charged' and won for political reasons.
The song was called 1944 and referred to a period of history when
the Soviet government deported Crimean Tatar people from Crimea on the orders of Joseph Stalin.  Here are some resources for exploring the historic background.

The Ukrainian government regards the deportation as a human rights abuse. Statements on its position can be viewed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
Indeed in November the Ukrainian Parliament passed a resolution calling it a genocide.They have also recently urged other international bodies to do the same.
The European Parliament website has records of requests for resolutions and discussions on this topic.
Supporters of the Crimean Tatars claims include
The Crimean News Agency
Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars which has reports from the World Congress of Crimean Tatars and other nationalist movements.See this recent seminar paper for a statement by their leader.
Radio Free Europe also has coverage of news from the region.

Primary sources.
The Wilson Center Digital Archive provides access to declassified documents from governments ,It includes some materials from the Soviet archives in 1944 relating to the archives as well as to Soviet ethnic policy.
International Committee for Crimea contains articles discussing Russian language resources.

Subscription resources.
For those lucky enough to have access to LSE Library resources
search for further articles on Historical Abstracts

 Web of Science 
CEEOL- Central and Eastern European Online Library

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