According to reports in the past couple of days Crimea will not be taking part in Turkvizyon 2014. We have contacted the Crimean TV station “STRC Crimea” to comment on the news, however have not yet received a reply. Furthermore there has been no official announcement by the broadcaster about participation.
The decision to withdraw according to a number of sites is to show closer ties to Russia since the region was annexed earlier this year. This decision however does not seem likely as a total of 9 other regions of Russia participated in the 2013 contest with no opposition from the Russian Parliament. Furthermore in the regions that took part a number of the broadcasters were STRC’s (State TV and Radio Companies), for example in the Altai Republic. This years contest is also taking place in Russia in the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan.
National selections and further confirmations of participation in the 2014 contest are expected to be made in the next couple of months.