Countries are rarely kicked off for non-Eurovision-related reasons but most recently Belarus was expelled due to controversial song lyrics that the performers refused to change.
Some fans believe Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a good enough reason to ban Russia from competing, but a statement from the contest and broadcasting network EBU said Russia will remain a contestant in this year's Eurovision set to air in May.
"The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political cultural event which unites nations and celebrates diversity through music," the release said. "The EBU’s public broadcaster members in both Russia and Ukraine have committed to participating in this year’s event in Turin and we are currently planning to welcome artists from both countries."
While people don't necessarily agree with the EBU's stance, others believe Russian citizens should be not punished for President Vladimir Putin's actions, which are unsupported by most Russians.
Not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand I don't think individual Russian artists are responsible for Putin's actions. On the other, Russia participating this year doesn't feel remotely viable.https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/russia-european-broadcasting-union-turin-ukraine-crimea-b2022285.html#Echobox=1645702990\u00a0\u2026
i know eurovision is very unimportant to the Ukraine situation\n\nBut I just wanted to say, if Russia choose a participant: unless they\u2019re pro-Putin please do not direct your anger at the artist. They likely share your anger (look at Manizha, Sergey etc.)\n\nIt\u2019s harmful/not helpful.
The Eurovision sanctions are unlikely to happen unless contestants begin involving politics in their performances, like Belarus's. But no doubt Russia will face other sanctions from countries across the world.
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