EBU, yesterday, has withdrawn Russia from the Eurovision, after Russia’s invasion to Ukraine.
Despite of EBU stating earlier on Wednesday that Russia will be eligible to compete in Eurovision, on Friday, following the pressure of several European public broadcasters, EBU removed Russia from the list of the participating countries. The list of broadcasters across the Europe that demand the suspension of Russian broadcasters from EBU was getting bigger.
Up to yesterday evening, three broadcaster, those from Ukraine, the Netherlands and Poland demanded the three full members of EBU from Russia to kicked out from the union. A couple of hours ago, the three Baltic nations, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, were added to the list that wanted this suspension!
Now, the three Russian broadcasters, that were part of EBU, decided to withdraw from the Union. The broadcasters released a statement in which they say:
Channel One, VGTRK and Radio Dom Ostankino announce their withdrawal from the European Broadcasting Union in response to Russia’s exclusion from the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, which we regard as an inappropriate political sacrifice at a music forum that has always emphasized its non-political status
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