CRIMEA GIVES EBU A BIG DILEMMA
AFTONBLADET.SE REPORTS – The Eurovision Song Contest is not political we hear over and over again. But the crisis on Crimea between Russia and Ukraine will effect this year’s competition when it comes to the voting part. Will the votes from Crimea be count as Russian or Ukrainian?
Swedish Russia expert Stig Frederiksson sees this dilemma as a first test of how the world will handle the crisis on Crimea and he tells Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that this will be very political. The United Nations has comdemned the actions from Russia, so if the EBU accepts that the votes from Crimea is Russian, it would be the same as accepting that Crimea is a part of the Russian Federation.
EBU has to defy the United Nations or Russian President Putin in this year’s Eurovision. Stig Frederiksson also says that the demands on human rights and democracy for EBU got sticter in 2012 and the EBU can ban members that doesn’t live up to the demands. He says that the state-controlled Russian TV doesn’t meet the requirements for freedom of speech and the question is how far the EBU is willing to compromise with its rules.
EBU Supervisor Jon Ola Sand says to Aftonbladet that this crisis is the reality beyond our control. It is very difficult to see it a vote comes from Crimea or Moscow. To the newspaper he says: ”We don’t have an answer for that yet, it is a technical challenge. It’s something we’ll decide when we know what the infrastructure looks like in the area. It depends on whether the people in Crimea have a Russian or a Ukrainian phone operator.”
2012 Eurovision winner Loreen says to Aftonbladet that Crimea should be seen as a part of Ukraine until every kind of abuse of human rights has been rules out and a transparent citizen’s referendum has been made. If the EBU let Crimea vote as Russia it would be a statement from the EBU.