Russia – The Buranovskiye Babushki were the runners-up of the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Baku. The grandmothers participated in the competition to raise money in order to rebuilt the church of their little village Buranovo, which had been destroyed during Communism. Apart from getting the new church, the village will profit from the Eurovision participation of the grandmothers in more ways than imagined.
According to the New York Times, the local government, in appreciation of their second place, is building a water pipeline, installing streetlights and high-speed Internet for the village’s only school and laying new gravel on the main roads. “God forgot this place before the grannies sang,” Aleksandr Malkov one of the residents of Buranovo told the newspaper.
Olga Tyurikova, who fed one of the grandmother’s chicken when she was away in Baku, added: “If it weren’t for the babushki, nobody would ever have noticed there was no water in Buranovo.” Most of the village has never had running water. In recent years more and more young people have moved to the cities and Buranovo had been in decline. Now school classes from the surrounding regions send their students on day trips to visit the village’s new superstars.
“I had a vision that something would change in our village,” babushka Alevtina Begisheva told the New York Times. “But I never imagined we would return our church in this way.”
Source= New York Times
- Buranovo Journal: Grandmothers of Buranovo Give Russian Village New Life (nytimes.com)
- Russian grannies rock Eurovision (thehindu.com)
- “Buranovskie Babushki” Wow Journalists in Baku (02varvara.wordpress.com)