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Russia AXED from Eurovision Song Contest after Vladimir Putin declares war on Ukraine


“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,” it added. 

The decision to axe Russia from the popular singing competition was made following a recommendation earlier on Friday by the Eurovision Song Contest’s governing body, the Reference Group, based on the rules of the event.

The union’s original statement, issued on Thursday, explained Russia would not be banned as Eurovision was a “non-political cultural event which unites nations and celebrates diversity through music”.

However, Thursday’s announcement was met with criticism from fans of the competition and organisations.  



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