Sergey Lazarev's position on Crimea
Russian media stated that the song was a criticism of the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014. Jamala has stated on numerous occasions that “1944” was written about her great-grandmother’s experience being deported by Soviet authorities in 1944.
But not all Russians support the Russian annexation of Crimea.
In an interview with Ukrainian television from 2014, Sergey Lazarev stated that he still considered Crimea as part of Ukraine.
“Maybe my own Russian fans will throw tomatoes at me, but this is the way it is for me,” he said. “When I travel to Yalta, for me it’s Ukraine.”
The video of the interview with Sergey Lazarev can be viewed here.