The EBU issued a statement regarding the participation of Russia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The European Broadcasting Union will not allow to take part in this year’s contest.
Read the statement about Russia in Eurovision 2022 below:
‘The EBU has announced that no Russian act will participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The Executive Board of the EBU made the decision following a recommendation earlier today by the Eurovision Song Contest’s governing body, the Reference Group, based on the rules of the event and the values of the EBU. The EBU’s Television Committee also supported the Reference Group recommendation.
The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s Contest would bring the competition into disrepute.
Before making this decision the EBU took time to consult widely among its membership.
The EBU is an apolitical member organization of broadcasters committed to upholding the values of public service.
We remain dedicated to protecting the values of a cultural competition which promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.’
Russia was due to participate in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. However they had not yet announced any news on their participant or song.