Russia banned from competing in Eurovision 2022 following Ukraine invasion 4 months ago

Russia banned from competing in Eurovision 2022 following Ukraine invasion

Organisers cited concerns that the inclusion of a Russian entry would "bring the competition into disrepute".

Eurovision organisers have announced that Russia will not be allowed to compete in this year's edition of the song contest.

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On Thursday, organisers had said they had no plans to prevent Russia from competing in the competition.

However, they have now backtracked on this.

In a statement released earlier on Friday, Eurovision organisers said that "no Russian act will participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest."

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) continued:

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"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 Reference Group recommendation was also supported by the EBU’s Television Committee.

"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."

The EBU added that it had consulted its members "widely" before taking the decision and that it is "an apolitical member organisation of broadcasters committed to upholding the values of public service."

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"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," the statement concluded.