Ukraine has barred Julia Samoilova from performing in the Eurovision competition. This is a resulting factor of an illegal performance at Crimea in 2015, according to a BBC report at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET, on March 22, 2017. The disabled Samoilova was due to perform at the Ukraine hosted Eurovision, in Kiev, in May 2017.
News on banning Samoilova comes after the Ukrainian Security Service (SSU) confirmed that the disabled singer performed during an illegal visit to the country, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. In accordance to their win, the Ukraine achieved the hosting duties for the pageant when its singer, Jamala, won the competition in Sweden, in 2016. Jamala won for her song, “1944,” which detailed the banishment of Crimean Taters during World War II.
As the news that Samoilova was barred from the Eurovision competition came in, there were reports that possible charges could be brought against the Russian songstress. Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister and a legislator in the national parliament, said she could see up to three years in prison.
Messages of apathy have been sent out for the singer. She was born in April 1989, and has been wheelchair bound since childhood. Samoilova was planning on performing “Flame is Burning,” at the competition. The song is said to be a message that is upbeat in nature.
Speaking for the Russian foreign ministry, Ria-Novosti, stated that the banning announcement was cold-hearted. Corresponding with news that Samoilova was barred from the competition, it was reported that she is not the first artist to be blacklisted. Over 140 Russian artists have been put on a boycott list.
Since Russia annexed Crimea, the Ukraine and Russia have been at a stalemate. Moscow is encouraging a fight in the east Ukraine.
Written by Carol Ruth Weber
Edited by Tracy Blake
BBC News: Eurovision Samoilova: Ukraine bars Russian singer over Crimea visit
The Sydney Morning Herald: Ukraine may arrest Russia’s wheelchair-confined Eurovision singer Yulia Samoylova
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