Disinfo: The Western countries did not let Yulia Samoylova into the Eurovision finals in order to humiliate Russia

Summary

The decision on the first three places [in the Eurovision song contest] is taken by a very narrow circle of countries that mark the winners. Therefore- in order to humiliate Russia once again – Yulia Samoylova was not let to join the finals.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Julia Samoylova ranked 15th in the second semi-finals because she got only 65 points. eurovision.tv/event/lisbon-2018/second-semi-final/participants, Viewers at home and professional juries each determine the outcome of the two Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. In each Semi-Final, 10 contestants qualify for the Grand Final.eurovision.tv/about/voting/, Other examples of disinformation around the Eurovision: euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=eurovision&disinfo_issue=&date=,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 107
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/05/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Eurovision
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Disproof

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Foreign Minister of Canada lied about her grandfather's Nazi past and connections with Auschwitz

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Disproof

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"He was the editor of a legal newspaper in Nazi-occupied Poland. He never signed anything in the paper. He never made policy or that kind of thing. It wouldn't be his call. [The newspaper] also performed a function for Ukrainian culture and kept Ukrainian intelligentsia alive during the war by paying them for articles, not just anti-Semitic articles but articles about Ukrainian culture. It was a bit of a mixed bag."

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Disproof

Crimea is part of Ukraine. In 1783 Catherine II (the Great) annexed Crimean peninsula. After that, rivalry between the Russians and the Turks persisted, and in the Crimean War (1853–56) it expanded into a broader European conflict. When the Revolution of 1917 led to the collapse of the Russian Empire, the remaining Crimean Tatars declared Crimea to be an independent democratic republic. The peninsula was reorganized as the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in 1921. After the war Crimea was downgraded from an autonomous republic to an oblast (region) of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, and in 1954 it was transferred to Ukraine. https://www.britannica.com/place/Crimea Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014. https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/41530/international-law-crimea-ukraine_en Further debunking by Polygraph.info