The Russian Government is to finance the participation of the nation in the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree that enables the Russian Government to subsidies VGTRK (All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting). The agreement means that the Russian Government will pay for the broadcasters participation in major events internationally including sporting, social and cultural programming.
The ruling means that the Government will now pay for VGTRK’s membership of the European Broadcasting Union, as well as the costs related to participation in the Eurovision and Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Russia finished 15th in the second semi-final of Eurovision 2018 scoring 65 points from the public and juries. The country finished 17th in the jury vote with 14 points and 11th with the public on 51 points. Julia Samoylova who represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 revealed after the contest that she had considered withdrawing from the competition in the run up to the show in Lisbon.
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest Russia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and has gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest. Since the mid-00s Russia has had a string of strong results including their first and only victory to date in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow the following year. In the 2015 and 2016, Russia finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the final.