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Russia booted from Eurovision over Ukraine invasion

Two Russian fans, dressed in their country's colors for the second semifinal of Eurovision, on Thursday night, May 16, 2019 (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)
Two Russian fans, dressed in their country's colors for the second semifinal of Eurovision, on Thursday night, May 16, 2019 (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)

The European Broadcasting Union announces that Russia has been banned from participating in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.

The EBU says its board made the decision “based on the rules of the event and the values of the EBU.”

“The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s contest would bring the competition into disrepute,” the EBU says in a statement.

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