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Russia: Moscow Eurovision Party 2017 Suspended

The organisers of the Moscow Eurovision Party 2017 has been suspended following uncertainty around Russia’s participation in Kyiv.

The Moscow Eurovision Party 2017 looks unlikely to take place as previously announced attendees have begun to pull out from the event. According to the organisers of the event a number of Heads of Delegation contacted them yesterday to say that they would not be attending due to Russia not participating in this years contest. They have stated that they will only attend this years event in Moscow should Russia be allowed to vote in the contest or continue to participate in Kyiv.

Event organisers have as a result opted to stop selling tickets for the party and suspended the event which was to be held on April 21. In the event that Russia is able to compete in Kyiv or that they are given the right to vote in this years competition, then the organisers have stated that the event will take place.

Previously confirmed as attending the event were:

  • Armenia – Artsvik
  • Azerbaijan – Dihaj
  • Bulgaria – Kristian Kostov
  • Greece – Demy
  • Israel – Imri
  • Italy – Francesco Gabbani
  • Moldova – Sunstroke Project
  • Russia – Yulia Samoilova
  • Switzerland – Timebelle

Furthermore the Tolmachevy Sisters who represented Russia in 2014 and Teo who represented Belarus in the same year were announced as special guests.

Yulia Samoilova was banned from entering Ukraine on March 22 following a decision by the SBU that she had breached Ukrainian law. The EBU responded the following day by suggesting that Yulia could perform remotely in Moscow. The proposal was rejected by Channel One who stated they did not want the rules changed for them, while Ukraine insisted that the proposal would reject existing rules.

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest has since gone on to propose that Ukraine only enforce the ban after the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has been held in May. Mr Sand’s comments have been followed by statements of disappointment and anger from EBU members at the way the competition is being used for political means by both Ukraine and Russia.

At the end of last week a letter from the Director General of the EBU to the Ukrainian Prime Minister was leaked in the Ukrainian press. Within the letter the Director General stated Ukraine risked being sanctioned by the EBU for the ruling and that a number of countries are considering from withdrawing from this years contest in Ukraine.

Source: Moscow Eurovision Party

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