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ESC Reporter | March 23, 2017

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Most Russians want to boycott Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine

Most Russians want to boycott Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine
Eric Nocito

Based on a recent poll by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center with 1,600 people living 130 areas of 46 regions in Russia, the results state that most people that responded believe that Russia should not participate in Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine.

The exact number was 52 percent stating to boycott Russian participation in Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine. Thirty-seven percent of respondents stated that Russia should participate in 2017.

Of the winner of Eurovision 2016, 80 percent of Russian viewers disagree with Ukraine being the winner, with also 65 percent believing that Ukraine won because of political motives and an anti-Russian agenda by Ukraine.

Regarding the bias of the voting, 51 percent thought that the televote result was fair, but 80 percent felt that the jury vote was biased.

Recently on the TV-channel Rossiya 24, a segment was shown suggesting to change the voting rules in the future, combining jury votes and televotes and then “allowing organizers to amend the results as they saw fit.”

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