Burger King Russia is offering to pay 1 billion Rubles to the Ukrainian Government to enable Yulia Samoilova to compete at Eurovision 2017.
According to escKaz and Sostav, the head of the Russian chain of Burger King is offering a total of 1 Billion Rubles (16.5 Million Euros) to the Ukrainian state to allow Yulia Samoilova to compete in Kyiv. The offer to Ukraine’s Government is through the charitable arm of Burger King in Russia called “Life Line”. Burger King are the first company to have attempted to intervene in the dispute between the Russian delegation and Ukrainian authorities over the decision to ban Yulia Samoilova from entering Ukraine.
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. There has been no comment from the European Broadcasting Union this week with regards to the ban.
Source: Sostav, escKaz