Organizers of the Eurovision Tune Contest reversed course on Friday, saying that Russia would now not be permitted to carry out on this yr’s occasion.
“The choice displays concern that, in gentle of the unprecedented disaster in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry on this yr’s Contest would convey the competitors into disrepute,” the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) mentioned in an announcement.
The choice to punish Russia culturally for invading Ukraine comes a day after the identical group had mentioned Moscow could be allowed to ship an act to look on the subsequent Eurovision, scheduled to be held in Turin, Italy, in Could.
Ukraine’s public broadcast firm had requested for Russia to be suspended from the favored contest, which is watched by virtually 200 million individuals every year.
However the EBU, which has organized the competition since 1956, had insisted Eurovision was “a non-political cultural occasion.”
In response, plenty of different European nations had indicated they’d not take part on this yr’s occasion except Russia was banned.
Russia was but to formally announce an act for this yr’s competitors.