The illegitimate deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the former "Vice-Premier" of the Crimea Ruslan Balbek believes that the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, which is banned in Russia, "uses Jamala, the winner of the Eurovision 2016, for its own purposes."
Balbek is sure that "rejection of the Mejlis forced its members to use a popular singer in their propaganda." He believes that the Crimean Tatar singer, who has never visited the peninsula over years of annexation because of her pro-Ukrainian position, is "a gift for Kyiv, a sweet-voiced mouthpiece of anti-Russian propaganda."
However, the deputy did not stop on that. He said that, cooperating with the Mejlis, Jamala may lose respect of the Crimeans, because he is sure that "any person, who cooperates with the Mejlis, is rejected by Crimeans." Balbek wished Jamala "not to repeat their fate."
Reference: The last time Jamala was in the Crimea in 2014. The singer meets with her parents and relatives on the mainland of Ukraine, as she does not recognize the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula. However, the self-proclaimed authorities found another explanation to this - they said that the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest-2016, a Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar origin, Jamala, can not visit the Crimea because of the pressure exerted on her in Ukraine.