Mar 23, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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An update on a story we told you about recently…

Organizers of the Eurovision song contest say they’re taking the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia’s contestant perform via satellite – after authorities in host Ukraine banned her from entering the country.

The European Broadcasting Union says it is making an offer to Russia’s Channel One – that Yulia Samoylova can perform live from Russia – in the hugely popular TV show.

The competition says “it is imperative that the Eurovision Song Contest remains free from politics.”

Samoylova was supposed to represent Russia in the May 11-13 contest in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv – but she  was banned by Ukraine’s security service because she crossed the border illegally and had toured in Crimea – after Russia’s 2014 annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

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