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BREAKING NEWS: Yulia Samoilova Banned From Entering Ukraine

It has been no secret that Russia have faced issues this year with their Eurovision participant. Yulia Samoilova performed in Russian-occupied Crimea, which the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) were not happy about. Today, the SSU have announced that they have banned her from entering Ukraine, and therefore she cannot represent Russia at this year’s contest.

Russia was due to send the disabled singer Yulia Samoilova to this year’s contest in Kyiv. However, on Monday 20th May, the SSU hinted that they were preparing the documents to ban Yulia from entering Ukraine. Moments ago, they have banned Yulia from entering Ukraine for three years.
Olena Hytlianska, a spokesperson for the SSU, said on Facebook:

“Ukraine’s Security Service has banned Russian national Yulia Samoilova from entering Ukraine for three years. The decision was taken due to information that she had violated Ukrainian law.”

In response to the news, the EBU have released a statement saying:

We have to respect the local laws of the host country, however we are deeply disappointed in this decision as we feel it goes against both the spirit of the Contest, and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values.”

We will continue a dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the aim of ensuring that all artists can perform at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May.”

What did she do wrong?

In 2015, Yulia performed in the Crimean city of Kerch. Crimea had been occupied by Russia for over a year at that point.
Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of the SSU, said on Monday (when they hinted that they were preparing the documents):

“The law should be one for all. She did not just visit Crimea, she also left comments on social networks in which she spoke about Ukraine, its authorities, and its course for Euro-Atlantic integration. My own position is clear: I think she should not come to Ukraine.”

Russian reaction

A source from the Russian foreign ministry described the decision as “cynical and inhumane”.
Frants Klintsevich, a senior Russian politician, said that Russia would boycott future editions of the Eurovision Song Contest if the EBU did not support the singer.

Yulia’s selection

Many have suggested that the selection of Yulia as the Russian participant was a move by Russia to reduce the booing which they now frequently face. Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, denied these suggestions, as well as other suggestions that Russia designed the selection to provoke the Ukrainian hosts. He said:

“I would not use words as provocation, because it is the TV channel’s choice. I don’t see any provocation. Almost everybody was in Crimea, there is hardly anyone who has not travelled there.”

The Russian broadcaster VGTRK are yet to respond to this news, and it is unclear if they will select another participant for Russia.
What do you think of this news? Are Ukraine right to ban Yulia? Tell us in the comments!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

Comments on BREAKING NEWS: Yulia Samoilova Banned From Entering Ukraine

  • Sergey

    Ok, listen, I might be Ukrainian but as any person I have my own opinions.
    1. She violated the law.
    2. She did post on social networks about not wanting Ukraine to go the EU way and stay “Independent” however she also mentioned the reason because she is afraid that the West will come and wage war with Russia.
    3. I don’t have a problem with her being in the contest other than the above fact AND the fact that the Kremlin was clearly testing specifically invalid people for the contest to play a role as a “Awww, how can we not choose her?!” for the Eurovision.
    4. If making Jamala win was a way to show your support for Ukraine, you had to know that there is an actual war going on between Ukraine and Russia, one that can very much develop into 3rd World War, and I’m not joking here, anyone who is not doing anything to stop this right now is going to see the destruction when we reach that point, because yes, we’re talking about fascism here, if you read the definition of the word Fascism on Wikipedia, you will read the definition of Russia word by word.
    What I mean with all this is that, while I love Jamala and I also think she has better songs to sing than 1944, you had to know that when Ukraine is the host, there will be trouble for Russians.

  • Arvenna

    First of all, it is a song contest, this is not about political issues. Last year’s winning song was just about that. people are getting fed up with the Ukraine/Russia issue. Last year, Russia should have won. They were number one at the polls. However The European Song Contest is corrupted, they let Ukraine win, with a song that was really meh. If you want this to be an honest Contest again, everybody that has honor an dignity should go against this decision. Further on, I protest against the corrupt fascist government of Ukraine, I hope they will never join the EU. I am from the Netherlands and we voted against the Ukraine. I propose a NEUTRAL country for a Contest that is known for it’s Songs/Music and not for it’s political statements. We should all ban this political host.

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