Mar 23, 2017
By Michael Kramer
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.