Russian officials and Kremlin-friendly media offered up a string of conspiracy theories to explain the win of Crimean Tatar singer Jamala, whose song “1944” was largely seen as a jab at the Kremlin.
Russian officials quickly began to dismiss Jamala's win as unfair and illegitimate and some officials even said Russia should boycott the song contest next year, since it is set to be held in Jamala's homeland of Ukraine.
Russian lawmaker Yelena Drapeko blamed Russia's loss on the "information war" being waged against the country, a claim that was echoed by Russian television channels.
Franz Klintsevich, deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, said “if nothing changes in Ukraine by next year, then I don't think we need to take part (in Eurovision there)” in comments to the RIA Novosti news agency.
Kremlin-controlled media quickly went into overdrive in attempting to smear the contest, with RT running a bizarre piece titled "Eurovision Song Contest funded by TV license fee system that criminalizes poor people."