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Russians: Why Not Send Blacklisted Artists to Eurovision-2017 in the Ukraine?

Instead of feeling 'slapped in the face' Russians are mocking the bizarre victory of the Ukrainian performer and making plans for the next song contest


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Whatever the greedy Greek King Midas touched turned to gold, leaving him starving. These days, it looks like every Ukrainian triumph turns into a joke or a farce.

Take the recent Eurovision song contest, much discussed in Europe, Russia, Ukraine and at Russia Insider.

It was won by a Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tartar origin, Jamala, who managed to lose everything there was to lose: she lost the vote of the so called ‘professional jury’ to an Australian participant, and the Europe-wide vote of the audience of 600 million viewers to a Russian contestant, Sergey Lazarev.

Only a bizarre system of combining the two results could make a loser the final winner, a victory that one should rather be ashamed of than celebrate.  Nevertheless Ukrainians are not only celebrating, but dictating their rules for next year’s contest to be held in Ukraine.

The Russian candidates who ‘support Russian aggression against the Ukraine’ won’t be able to take part in the contest, Ukrainian Parliamentarian and Councillor to the Home Minister, Anton Gerashchenko said in an interview to the Russian radio station ‘Govorit Moskva’, noting that the Russian artists blacklisted by the Ukraine are officially banned from entering the country. Only those artists who ‘understand that the annexation of the Crimea and occupation of part of the Donbass are crimes’ will be able to take part in Eurovision next year:

‘That’s why, as long as the Russian people choose a singer who doesn’t support Russia’s aggressive policy or insult Ukraine’s dignity, I don’t see why he or she should not go to Eurovision’, Gerashchenko added.

This is the same Gerashenko who masterminded the Ukrainian web-site Mirotvorets (Peacemaker) which last week published the personal data of over 4000 journalists reporting from Donbass, causing an international scandal, including a reprimand from the State Department.

Just a few days later he was on the receiving end of another reprimand.

The official representative of the song contest, Paul Jordan, said in an interview to the Russian news resource, that he doesn’t think Russians will have any problems entering Ukraine, despite the fact that Kiev has blacklisted many Russian artists and journalists. 

Gerashenko is an idiot, but his behavior epitomizes the state of mind of many Ukrainians, who ruined their country for the sake of a non-binding EU association agreement, and who, after signing on to this new national destination, began bending every possible international rule.

Meanwhile, Russians, instead of feeling slapped in the face by the obvious absurdity of having Sergey Lazarev, the most popular singer among Europeans, only third as was suggested in an RI article, are mocking the strange victory, and making plans to participate in the 2017 Eurovision contest in Ukraine.

Read here  the provocative tips Russia’s flamboyant Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova provided to the potential future winner.

The idea of sending the Leningrad rock group whose lead singer Shnur is known for using obscene lyrics, is gaining popularity on social networks.

And here are some ideas put forward by an independent New York-based media analyst Michael Averko:

The famous Ukrainian born Jewish singer Iosif Kobzon, could be selected as Russia's next Eurovision entry. He is well known for having engaged in charitable work over the decades, Kobzon's support for Crimea's reunification with Russia and a charity-related visit to the rebel held Donbas area led the Kiev regime and the EU to issue a travel ban against him. Let's see how the Eurovision authorities would handle that.

Another suggestion has Viktor Yanukovych representing Russia with a song titled "Stop and Remember", referring to the overthrow of the democratically elected president.

Perhaps someone of Rusyn origin (a Slavic nation in the Transcarpathian region that belonged to Czechoslovakia before WW II - ed) can represent Russia with a song honoring the victims of the WW II era Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists who cooperated with Hitler.

And this is just the start of brainstorming. Eurovision-2017 in the Ukraine will definitely be the most anticipated by Russians in its entire 60 year long history.

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