Julia Samoylova banned from Ukraine and Eurovision 2017
Eric Nocito | On 22, Mar 2017
Has the flame gone out for Julia Samoylova's hopes of representing Russia at Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine? It seems so.
The Ukrainian SBU security service has banned Samoylova from Ukraine for three years because of her illegal visit to Crimea in 2015.
The majority of the international community, with exceptions of countries like North Korea and Cuba, have condemned Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, a historically-Ukrainian territory.
Statement from EBU: "It has been confirmed to the EBU that the Ukrainian authorities have issued a travel ban on the Russian artist chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, as she has been judged to have contravened Ukrainian law by entering Crimea in order to perform.
We have to respect the local laws of the host country, however we are deeply disappointed in this decision as we feel it goes against both the spirit of the Contest, and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values.
We will continue a dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the aim of ensuring that all artists can perform at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May."
Pervyi Kanal and Rossiya-1 both confirmed that Julia Samoylova will represent Russia at Eurovision 2018.
Pervyi Kanal, however, has stated that the 2017 edition of Eurovision will not be broadcast in Russia now. Per EBU rules, not broadcasting the contest, will make Russia ineligible to compete in Eurovision 2018.