Russia will be allowed to compete in Eurovision despite invasion, organizer says
(CNN)A performer representing the country of Russia will be allowed to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, organizers said on Thursday. "The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political cultural event," a statement provided to CNN by Eurovision said. Ukraine had petitioned to the European Broadcasting Union to bar Russia from participating in the competition in light of the invasion, according to a statement that was translated by NPR.
Russia has not yet chosen a performer to compete in the competition. Just days ago, rap group Kalush Orchestra was selected to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest, which is set to take place in Turin, Italy in May. The band finished second in the national Ukraine final and won the public vote.
The CEO of the Sweden's Eurovision broadcaster, SVT, Hanna Stjärne, has called on Eurovision to reconsider its decision to allow Russia's participation.
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