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Mayhill C. Fowler is an assistant professor of history at Stetson University, where she teaches and researches the cultural history of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe. She is the author of a forthcoming book, "Beau Monde at Empire's Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine." The opinions expressed here are hers.
(CNN)When we think of the Eurovision Song Contest, what we likely imagine are scenes of kitsch and glitter, and perhaps a few bars of sweeping melody for the more musical among us -- not necessarily the stuff of politics or protest.