Despite freezing temperatures and recent heavy snow, Azerbaijan's authorities have taken the roof off the apartment block and cut off water and phone lines, forcing residents of the building's upper floors to leave, whether they like it or not.
Pensioner Natalya Allibiakova is one of the few home owners still left. She says the compensation offered by the government is not enough to buy a similar property elsewhere.
She told the BBC that Eurovision will now for her always be a painful reminder of how she lost her home.
Azerbaijan's authorities argue that the compensation is adequate and Eurovision's organisers say the evictions are nothing to do with the contest.
But human rights organisation Human Rights Watch says the evictions risk overshadowing the song contest.
Azerbaijan sees Eurovision as a chance to attract international attention, but that spotlight is proving less welcome, as it's also revealing alleged human rights abuses.
apartment block 公寓楼
The adjacent apartment block screened the high wall of the dunes.
cut off 切断，中断
The executioner cut off his head at one blow.
compensation n. 补偿，报酬
Workers who have been unfairly dismissed may claim compensation.
a painful reminder 痛苦回想
This is a reminder that cutting government deficits is painful, and politically difficult.
adequate adj. 充足的，恰当的
Though a bit too old, he is still adequate to the work.
evictions n. 逐出，赶出
There have been four evictions from this street recently.
human rights 人权
She is renowned for her advocacy of human rights.
overshadowing n. 掩蔽
A catastrophic fall in tourism in the Olympic year is also overshadowing optimism.
spotlight n. 聚光灯，反光灯
The spotlight followed her round the stage.
alleged v. 宣称，断言
In his defense he alleged temporary insanity.
abuses n. 滥用，优待
All polling methods are potentially open to abuse.