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3 thoughts on “Russia: Withdraws From The Eurovision Song Contest?”

  1. This ESC will definitely be the most unworthy in the history of this competition. The whole is solely the fault of the EBU, which has allowed Ukraine to use the ESC for its political demonstration purposes. It would never have happened to UEFA. Just imagine a Russian football club would have to be in the Champions League in Ukraine and the Ukrainian government would not allow five Russian players to enter because they were in the Crimea without crossing a Ukrainian border crossing. UEFA would not say (as the EBU) the decision is regrettable, but the Ukrainian laws should be respected. Instead, it would determine that the game must be carried out in another country in these circumstances. And one would have agreed very quickly to an exemption. Similarly, the EBU should have responded when the Ukrainian government for the first time announced that an entry ban also applies to the ESC. Then it would not have come to the discussion. However, the Ukrainian government has taken the opportunity to use the ESC for political purposes. The Russian “provocation” was only a counter-provocation. If Ukraine were anything but the ESC’s political purpose, it could have settled without problem that entry bans do not apply to entry as a member of the delegation of an ESC participating country.

  2. If you’re surprised this happened, consider that who votes for whom in Eurovision reflects the political alliances and cultural affinities between the participating countries as much as the performance quality. When a major event occurs in Europe, it affects the patterns of voting. Victories rooted in these “external” factors have, if anything, been getting more common. Sad though it may be to admit it, what happened here is Ukraine (and Russia) merely upping the ante on the current trend.

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