Ukraine to ban certain Russian artists from participating in Eurovision 2017: Ukraine’s MP

Source : 112 Ukraine

“Some of them are a threat to national security”, - Gerashchenko
18:21, 18 May 2016

Russian artists, on the list of people threatening Ukraine’s national security, will be banned from participating in Eurovision 2017, Ukraine’s MP Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook.

“We have the right to establish rules on the territory of our country. It’s for Ukraine to decide, who’s allowed to cross its border and who’s not. The same applies to the Russian mass media. Thus, in case Kremlin decides, that someone like Chicherina or Kobzon should participate in the song contest, we will simply ban them from entering Ukraine. We will do this because they’re on our stop list of people threatening national security”, - Gerashchenko wrote.

Moreover, Gerashchenko believes, that the stop list must be updated, since it hasn’t been revised since December 2015. Currently, the list includes 83 people.

This year’s Eurovision winner is Ukrainian singer Jamala with her song “1944” dedicated to the destiny of Crimean Tatars people.

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