Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

Russia Won't Broadcast Eurovision Song Contest

Russia Won't Broadcast Eurovision Song Contest

Russian Federation has announced it is pulling out of the Eurovision Song Contest a month ahead of the world-famous competition after hosts Ukraine banned its entrant.

The state-owned Channel One TV said it "does not consider it possible to broadcast the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest", because of Ukrainian actions.

The statement came in Thursday's evening news bulletin after a dispute over whether Russia's entrant Julia Samoylova would be allowed to attend the event in Kiev because she had toured in Crimea in 2015 after it was annexed by Russian Federation.

Moscow on Friday denounced the decision by Eurovision Song Contest organisers to drop Russian Federation from this year's contest, following a row with hosts Ukraine.

Russian Federation has officially withdrawn from next month's Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv following a dramatic month of crisis talks about whether its singer, Yuliya Samoylova, could perform in the annual competition.

Workers install lighting at International Exhibition Center in Kiev on April 11, 2017, during preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 to be held in the Ukrainian capital from May 9 to 13.

The heavy referencing of Crimea was seen by many Russians as a barb meant to bring worldwide attention to the 2014 annexation and the following separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

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Moscow has now rejected two compromises offered by Eurovision organisers and has instead declared they will pull out of the competition.

Politics spills over into popular culture, with Ukraine banning Russian Eurovision Song Contest entrant from attending Kyiv event.

It says Ukraine is undermining the non-political nature of the contest.

Ukrainian authorities have imposed a travel ban on Russia's Eurovision contestant Yulia Samoylova.

Samoilova has been in a wheelchair since a bad reaction to a vaccine in childhood, according to the biography on her website.

More than 204 million people watched the Eurovision Song Contest, or its two semi-finals, last year.

Russia's participation in the contest had already been in doubt following Jamala's victory in Stockholm previous year - but they later surprised everybody by unveiling their song and performer just a day before the deadline for songs to be submitted to the EBU.

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