Russia causes controversy with Eurovision entry

Russian Eurovision 2017 representative Yulia Samoylova, who uses a wheelchair to get around since childhood, has performed in Russian-occupied Crimea in 2015. The SBU is yet to make a decision on whether she will be allowed to enter Ukraine for the contest.

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Russia’s pick as its entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Kyiv this May, could cause the international festival of pop to start on a sour note.

Russia’s First channel on March 12 announced that singer Yulia Samoylova, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and who uses a wheelchair to get around, would represent Russia at Eurovision 2017.

Her disability isn’t the problem, of course – she’s a controversial pick because she supports Russia’s invasion and annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in 2014, and she performed in Russian-occupied Crimea in June 2015.

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