In Russia? Hoping to watch Eurovision?
That’s going to be a problem.
The Russians have announced they won’t allow the program to be televised inside Russia.
And it has everything to do with Ukraine being the host.
As NPR reports, Russia’s anger has been on display since the 2016 contest
thanks to [Ukrainian] singer [and winner] Jamala and her song “1944,” which many took to be a direct reference to the annexation of Crimea by Russia two years earlier. Eurovision’s rules dictate the contest avoid politics, but Jamala maintained the song was entirely personal, and the judges allowed it. (At least, it was strictly personal until Ukraine was crowned — afterward, Jamala told The Guardian: “Of course it’s about 2014 as well.”)
In fact, Russia won’t have a contestant in this year’s event, either. The Guardian notes that’s because
the host’s decision to ban Russia’s contestant, Julia Samoilova, after it emerged she had visited Crimea, annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014, and performed there.
The plan for Samoilova to sing a work that appeared political as well, of course — wink wink — did not factor into the Ukrainians decision to refuse to issue her a visa.