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While the geopolitics of Russia’s annexation of Crimea is important, one should not turn a blind eye to the plight of the Crimean Tatar community, which has so far had little impact on international public opinion.

Five years ago, a dark song by Jamala, a Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar descent, about the 1944 mass deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea to Central Asia on Stalin’s order, won the Eurovision Song Contest, a usually rather jolly continent-wide celebration.

However, it raised immediate objections from Russian officials, who claimed it to be a hidden attack on the Kremlin.

Jamala said her song had nothing to do with recent developments in Crimea, but for…

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