Contents tagged with Eurovision

  • Russia may be suspended from Eurovision next year

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) does not exclude the possibility of Russia's suspension from participation in Eurovision next year. This was reported by Russia’s TASS new agency, citing the official representative of the EBU, Dave Goodman. According to him, such a decision can be made only after the song contest in Kyiv.

    According to the current rules of the contest, Russia may be deprived of the right to send its representative to the competition next year because of its refusal to …

  • Russia will not participate in or broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine

    Russian Channel One has said that it will not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest this year because of the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to let the singer Yuliya Samoylova enter the country to participate.

    This was announced in a news broadcast from Channel One, reports Russia’s Interfax news agency.

    "Today, Channel One received a letter from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) informing us that the EBU was unable to resolve the issue of the participation of our contestant, Yuliya …

  • Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister: Russia still has time to replace its Eurovision contestant

    Russia still has time to select another participant for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest to replace singer Yuliya Samoylova, who is banned from entering Ukraine due to her appearance at a concert in the occupied Kerch, as stated by the Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, reports.

    In answering a question about the Russian Federation’s participation in the contest, the Vice Prime Minister noted that Ukraine's position on this issue is unchanged.

    "We are waiting for …

  • Media: Russian Burger King branch owner offered Poroshenko a billion rubles to let Samoylova go to Eurovision in Ukraine

    The Russian branch of the fast food chain Burger King sent a letter to the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, requesting permission for Russian singer, Yuliya Samoylova, to enter Ukraine for the Eurovision Song Contest, reports

    If the president of Ukraine accepts the offer, the company is ready to transfer up to one billion rubles ($14.5 million USD) to the budget of Ukraine.

    The company specifies that the project will be implemented within the framework of the Burger King …

  • Eurovision organizers threaten Ukraine with sanctions because of Russian participant. Kyiv urges them to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty

    On March 31, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU, the organizer of the Eurovision international singing competition) confirmed the authenticity of the letter from Ingrid Delternre, head of the EBU, to Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, in which she threatened Ukraine with sanctions after  the Russian participant was banned from entering Ukraine [which will host the competition in 2017]. Earlier, the Security Service of Ukraine banned the Russian participant Yulia Samoylova from …

  • Media: Ukraine threatened with suspension from Eurovision

    If a decision is not reached in the near future regarding Russia’s participation in Eurovision, Ukraine may be excluded from the list of participants, stated Ingrid Deltenre, the Director General of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is the organizer of Eurovision.

    In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Blick, she called the ban of the Russian contestant “absolutely unacceptable.”

    According to her, negotiations are now underway with the Prime Minister and President of Ukraine to …

  • Ukraine says Russia's only solution is to replace its Eurovision participant

    The Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for Humanitarian Affairs, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, offered Russia the option to choose another participant for Eurovision-2017 that has not violated Ukrainian legislation, as stated on Ukrainian Radio, reports Ukrainska Pravda.

    Kyrylenko stressed that from the very beginning Ukraine warned that no artist who had violated Ukrainian legislation would be able to participate in the song contest.

    "Of course, we are ready to accept all 43 Eurovision participating …

  • Russian Duma calls for sanctions against Ukraine over the entry ban of Russia's Eurovision candidate

    In his interview with, State Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbek called for restrictive measures against Ukraine after Kyiv’s decision to ban singer Yuliya Samoylova from entering the country. She was to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017.  

    “The incident involving Samoylova speaks to the need of reciprocal action against Kyiv. It is necessary to consider a number of sanctions against the Ukrainian state,” said the parliamentarian, stressing that the situation is “an insult to Russian pride.” …

  • Eurovision participant from Russia banned from entering Ukraine

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has banned Russian singer Yuliya Samoylova from entering the country for three years, although she was meant to represent Russia at the international competition “Eurovision” which will be held in Kyiv in 2017.“The decision was made on the basis of information received about her violating Ukrainian legislation [entering the territory of the Crimea, which is temporarily not controlled by Kyiv, in violation of the procedure established by Ukraine, in 2015]” …

  • Security Service of Ukraine prepares documents banning Russian Eurovision participant from entering Ukraine

    Eurovision, the annual international pop song competition between member states of the European Broadcasting Union, will take place in Kyiv in May 2017. However, Russian participant Yulia Samoylova may not be allowed into Ukraine, because in 2015 the singer violated Ukrainian legislation: she performed in the annexed Crimea in violation of the procedure established by Ukraine.

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced previously that it is “making an informed decision about the entry of …