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Belarus in Eurovision 2011: More Politics than Music

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Open political statements are not allowed at the Eurovision Song Contest, but to many this year's Belarusian contribution to the contest as pure politics. 

In Belarus, the first version of the Eurovision song stirred contradiction from the very beginning. Initially, the song's title was “Born in Belorussia". This song was allegedly alluding to the nostalgia about the good old times in the former Belorussian Soviet Republic. Very few were concerned that the young singer Anastasiya Vinnikova was born in 1991 and has therefore never lived in the former Soviet Union.

 The word "Belorussia" in the song's name instead of "Belarus" was also controversial.  A country that is often nearly confused with Russia in various languages could make things even more confusing for the European viewers. In several  European languages, instead of using the official "Belarus" the name appears as a direct translation of "White Russia". One can often hear Biélorussie in France, Weißrussland in Germany, and sometimes even White Russia in English.  While the beginning "Bela" does mean White, "Rus" is not the same as Russia. Therefore, using the word Belorussia did not . eem to be a smart choice to represent the country in the first place. 

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20 May 2011

Read full article: belarusdigest.com

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