Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Russian Federation withdraws from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest

Russian Federation withdraws from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest

The broadcaster once again drew attention to the fact that the EBU offered to replace Samoilova with another contestant or for her to participate remotely, but stressed that it considers both proposals "unacceptable".

Forty-two countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest's grand final in Kiev on May 13.

The Ukrainian Security Service banned wheelchair bound Samoylova from entering the country for three years over her performance in Crimea in 2015 which Kiev deemed illegal.

In May 2016, Ukraine was granted the right to host the Eurovision-2017 after its singer Susana Jamaladinova, who uses the stage name Jamala, won the 2016 Eurovision edition in Stockholm, Sweden.

Their antipathy spilled over into Eurovision a year ago after Ukraine's entry Jamala won with a song about Stalin's mass deportation of ethnic Tatars from the Crimean peninsula during the Second World War.

Russia's main state television channel has announced plans to drop the Eurovision Song Contest from its schedules.

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In a statement, the EBU said: "These proposals were to either take part via satellite or to change their chosen artist to one who could legally travel to Ukraine for the duration of the Contest".

However Mr Sand's comments had 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 Russian Federation.

Russian Federation is saying goodbye to Europe's beloved song contest Eurovision, according to the European Broadcasting Union.

'We very much wanted all 43 countries to be able to participate and did all we could to achieve this'.

In 2009, the EBU rejected Georgia's entry, a disco-flavoured song called We Don't Wanna Put In, a barely-veiled criticism of Russian leader Vladimir Putin in the wake of the previous year's short war between Georgia and Russia.

The first Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final takes place on May 9 with Ireland in the second Semi-Final on May 11.

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