The Russian invasion to Ukraine have many wonder if the eligibility of Russia to the Eurovision.
The following public broadcasters have public spoken about their disagreement with Russia’s participation:
- AVROTROS – The Netherlands
- DR – Denmark
- ERR – Estonia*
- NRK – Norway
- RÚV – Iceland
- Suspilne – Ukraine – Has also called for Russian broadcasters to be suspended from the EBU
- SVT – Sweden
- YLE – Finland*
Moreover, the Latvian participants Citi Zēni express their opinion about Russia to be excluded from the contest.
*Finland and Estonia not only support the withdrawal of Russia from the contest, but if Russia takes part at the contest, YLE and ERR will withdraw from the contest.
Now, EBU, released a statement, with which informed us that Russia will not compete in the contest. Below you can read the full statement:
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced that no Russian act will participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The Executive Board of the EBU made the decision following a recommendation earlier today by the Eurovision Song Contest’s governing body, the Reference Group, based on the rules of the event and the values of the EBU.
The Reference Group recommendation was also supported by the EBU’s Television Committee.
The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s Contest would bring the competition into disrepute.
Before making this decision the EBU took time to consult widely among its membership.
The EBU is an apolitical member organization of broadcasters committed to upholding the values of public service.
We remain dedicated to protecting the values of a cultural competition which promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.eurovision.tv
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