Yulia Samoylova was banned from entering Ukraine for three years because of her “illegal” visit to Crimea in 2015.
This means she will not be able to take part at the 62nd edition of Eurovision Song Contest this year in Kyiv.
A senior Russian politician, Frants Klintsevich, was quoted by Ria-Novosti news agency as saying Russia would boycott future Eurovision contests if the organisers failed to stand up for the singer.
Yulia was internally selected to represent Russia at Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Flame Is Burning”.
Channel One (The Russian Broadcaster), the European Broadcasting Union and the singer herself are yet to react to the news. Julia’s ban from travelling to Ukraine raises questions as to whether Russia will attend this years contest.
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