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Ukraine faces big fine after Russia Eurovision row
15:27, 29 June 2017
Ukraine faces big fine after Russia Eurovision row

EBU not to impose a fine upon Russia for their refuse to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017

15:27, 29 June 2017

 

Reuters

Ukraine is facing a substantial fine over delays in the organization of May's Eurovision song contest and a decision to ban Russia's representative Yulia Samoylova from entering Ukraine, the European Broadcasting Union said on Thursday, reported Reuters.

The annual song fest was hosted in Kyiv without a hitch, but the run-up to the competition was marred by Moscow's decision to boycott the event after Ukraine barred its entrant because she had performed in Russia-annexed Crimea.

"As a result of this, attention was drawn away from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest was endangered," the EBU said in a statement.

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"Therefore the contest's steering committee... has recommended that UA:PBC (Ukraine's state broadcaster) should receive a substantial fine, in line with the rules of the competition," it said, without saying how much Ukraine would have to pay.

UA:PBC Director Zurab Alasania said the fine was $228,100 and that the broadcaster would appeal the decision.

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"Formally, it wasn't us who made the decision not to allow her (Russian singer Yulia Samoylova), but I don't think that the SBU (State Security Service) or the government will want to take part in this," Alasania told Reuters.

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