The BBC is reporting that Azerbaijani authorities are “interviewing” citizens who voted for former foe Armenia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest:
People in Azerbaijan who voted for a song by neighbouring Armenia in May’s Eurovision Song Contest have been questioned by the authorities.
One man told the BBC he was accused of being unpatriotic and a potential security threat, after he sent a text backing Armenia’s song, Jan Jan.
The Azerbaijani authorities said people had merely been invited to explain why they voted for Armenia.
The two states fought over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the 1990s.
A Fistful of Euros goes into more detail, highlighting the fact that this action is broadly representative of Azerbaijan’s government. International Politics rearing its head in the Eurovision? Who’d have thunk it?!
Here’s the Armenian entry that got the voters in trouble – I wonder if they still think it was worth it?