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EBU fined Ukraine for 200,000 Euro
15:53, 29 June 2017
EBU fined Ukraine for 200,000 Euro

UA: PBC begins the process of appeal of EBU decision

15:53, 29 June 2017

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The Chairman of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA: PBC) Zurab Alasania reported to 112 Ukraine that he received the letter with the message that Ukraine will be imposed by sanctions for not providing the participation in Eurovision-2017 to Russian singer Julia Samoylova. ‘It is a really long letter and mentioned violations are inconspicuous and the only one immense violation is the denial of access to Samoylova’, he said, noting that it is still unknown whether EBU published the official statement or not.

According to him, there was also a variant to restrain Ukraine from participation in the further contests for a year or even more. However, it was decided that it is too tough measure and the punishment will be in the money equivalent. ‘The sum of the fine can be on to 200 000 Euro and UA: PBC will be responsible for paying it out’. 

Alasania told that there are 20 days for appeal and the process already began. ‘We will appeal the decision at the Supervisory Board of Eurovision but there is the impression that it will not lead to anything. Actually, they made the final decision’, Alasania said. 

According to him, the EBU does not want to lose Russia. ‘For this reason, it was decided to reset to zero everything: Russia will also be fined because they offered for participation the singer who broke the law of Ukraine. And then, they will offer to begin from scratch’, he said.  

Alasania also emphasized that it is necessary to take into the account 11, 500000 of dollars that the Government of Ukraine did not allocate to UA: PBC, 15 000 000 of Euro that are frozen in the Swiss bank and debt of Euronews. Moreover, there is the lawsuit that Russia prepares for the not providing the participation in Eurovision-2017 to Julia Samoylova. So, the imposed monetary sanctions can become the unmanageable burden for UA: PBC.

Earlier Alasania reported that UA: PBC expects sanctions for not providing participation in Eurovision-2017 to Samoylova.

The SBU decided to ban the Russian singer Julia Samoylova from entry to Ukraine for 3 years. She was picked to participate in Eurovision-2017. However, she performed in occupied Crimea and became the non-grant person. The Eurovision-2017 took place without the representative of Russia. 

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