Eurovision bans Russia from 2022 competition amid Ukraine invasion

Eurovision makes a big decision.

The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that Russia will not participate in This year’s Eurovision Song Contest in a press release on Friday, February 25.

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The announcement came amid criticism from several countries, which demanded that the EBU ban Russian involvement after its invasion of Ukraine.

“The EBU has announced that no Russian acts will participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” the organizers announced on social media.

“The EBU Executive Board has taken this decision following a recommendation made earlier today by the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Reference Group, based on the rules of the event and the values ​​of the EBU. The Reference Group’s recommendation was also supported by the EBU Television Committee. The decision reflects concerns that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a candidacy Russian in this year’s competition does not bring the competition into disrepute,” the statement continued.

“Before taking this decision, the EBU took the time to consult widely with its members. The EBU is an apolitical member organization of broadcasters committed to upholding public service values. We remain committed to protecting the values ​​of a cultural competition that promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.

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Martin E. Berry