Manna skin | Russia banned from Eurovision Song Contest

Russia was kicked out of the Eurovision Song Contest this year.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – which produces the event – announced the decision to ban Russia from the show, saying it could discredit the competition “in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine”.

In a statement, the EBU said: “The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian bid in this year’s contest could bring the competition into disrepute.

“Before taking this decision, the EBU took the time to consult widely with its members.

“The EBU is an apolitical member organization of broadcasters committed to upholding public service values.”

The organization said it was determined to protect the “values” of the event, which is to be held in Turin, Italy, in May.

The statement explained: “We remain committed to protecting the values โ€‹โ€‹of a cultural contest that promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.”

Russia launched an attack on Ukraine on Thursday (24.02.22), but the EBU initially insisted that the country would be able to participate in Eurovision.

The organizers explained that they “currently plan” to welcome participants from Russia and Ukraine.

The statement said at the time: “We will of course continue to monitor the situation closely.”

However, Ukraine’s state broadcaster, UA:PBC, called for Russia to be suspended from the event, which was won by Italy’s Maneskin in 2021.

The broadcaster described their Russian counterparts as “a mouthpiece for the Kremlin and a key tool for political propaganda”.

UA:PBC also called the situation “contrary” to EBU values.


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