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  Russia says Tatu's Eurovision result's unfair
Updated 29 May 2003, 21.34
Tatu performing at Eurovision 2003
Russia have made an official complaint about their Eurovision Song Contest entrants Tatu's third place result.

The country's TV station Channel One, which is owned by the Russian government, want an appeal - or re-think - on the results.

They say the girls have had hits all over the world and were robbed of a win because they were given "unlikely low points" by certain countries.

A Channel One spokesperson claimed a technical hitch meant the Republic of Ireland's public votes couldn't be collected and counted.

Turkey's prize
Turkey's prize

Instead, a jury decided who should get what points, he said.

Because there was only a three point difference between the winners Turkey and Tatu, the Russians think this could have made a huge difference.

Rules followed

Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia also used a jury instead of public votes because they didn't have the right telephone system to cope with national voting.

A spokesperson for the competition organisers, the European Broadcasting Union, told Russian journalists: "All the rules were followed."

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