If you’re impressed with the way that Russia is tying American politics in knots right now, Act II is currently taking place with Eurovision.
Remember last May, when Russia had the big favourite to win, but lost out to Ukraine’s trip-hop number about Stalin deporting the Tatars from Crimea? That really put one over on Putin, right?
Well, this year Russia are showing how you play a proper PR masterstroke.
They selected a young singer in a wheelchair. One who’d played a gig in Crimea last year – an action, it turns out, that is against local laws. So the hosts have banned her from the song contest, making Ukraine the bad guys and somehow Russia have become the downtrodden disability-championing goodies.