The journalist believes that instead of sanctions against Russia, they should have excluded Polina Gagarina from the list of the Eurovision participants, since all the countries that are involved in wars, are not allowed to take part in such major events as the Eurovision Song Contest, the Olympic Games, and the World Cup, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Die Zeit.
Kiyak noted that the Russian singer's call for peace at Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna was a part of the Russian propaganda. Her victory is Putin's victory. Because the end of war can not be achieved by prayer, as Polina Gagarina was telling in her song. Peace is the result of painstaking political work and Russia has everything that prevents it: discrimination against minorities, censorship, military rhetoric and propaganda, the author writes.
Mely Kiyak, the author of the article in Die Zeit, considers ridiculous the violent reaction of the German politicians to deportation of Karl-Georg Wellmann, the Bundestag deputy from the party of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union). In September last year, against the background of the Ukrainian crisis, the EU imposed anti-Russian sanctions, the German journalist recalls. There were frozen accounts of a number of Russians. They were also banned from entering the EU. Moreover, every day Europe refuses entry to hundreds of refugees from various countries without reason, thus limiting their freedom and humiliating their dignity. Europeans themselves betray their values, Kiyak writes.
Earlier, Senator John McCain said that Russia had to be deprived of World Cup 2018. He and Democrat Robert Menendez sent an open letter to the FIFA Congress urging to refrain from supporting the FIFA incumbent president Sepp Blatter on the forthcoming elections of the president of the organization because of his support of Russia holding 2018 FIFA World Cup.