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Russia refuses to broadcast Eurovision after contestant banned from Ukraine

23 March 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (Julia Samoylova - Flame Is Burning (Russia) Eurovision 2017 - Official Video / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Russia's Channel One and All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company have announced that they will not broadcast this year's Eurovision Song Contest, after Ukraine banned Russia's entrant, Yulia Samoylova, from entering the country to participate in the contest in May.

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Ukraine bars Russian Eurovision contestant

22 March 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (Julia Samoylova - Flame Is Burning (Russia) Eurovision 2017 - Official Video / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Ukraine has banned Russia's Eurovision entrant, Yulia Samoylova, from entering the country to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

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Robbie Williams ready to step in for Russia in case of Eurovision ban

21 March 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (Julia Samoylova - Flame Is Burning (Russia) Eurovision 2017 - Official Video / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

We already knew he liked to Party like a Russian, but apparently Robbie Williams is prepared to go a step further. Last night the star announced live on Russian TV that he would be delighted to represent Russia at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

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Revista ARTA launches residencies for young art critics in eastern Europe

21 March 2017 · Czech Republic · Hungary · Poland · Romania
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Illustration by George Roșu

Romanian contemporary art magazine Revista ARTA has announced East Art Mags, a programme of residencies for young art critics in eastern Europe.

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New Russian licence law could hit streaming services hard

17 March 2017 · Russia
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Still from 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016, dir. Dan Trachtenberg), which recently became available on Netflix Russia

Industry experts are predicting that online streaming services will suffer as the result of a new requirement, introduced by the Russian Culture Ministry, which will obligate video streaming sites to acquire exhibition licences for all films and TV programmes.

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Ukrainian TV set to get language quota

16 March 2017 · Ukraine
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Still from Ukrainian TV series Sluha narodu (Servant of the people), dir. Oleksiy Kiryushchenko

A law establishing a quota for Ukrainian-language programming on television has passed its first reading in Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

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NATO says Russian comedy show is propaganda tool

16 March 2017 · Russia
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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the KVN 50th anniversary show in 2011 (Image: premier.gov.ru)

A report from NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, released online yesterday, has accused the Kremlin of using TV comedy shows as tools of “strategic communication”.

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Will Ukraine bar Russia’s Eurovision contestant?

13 March 2017 · Kiev · Russia · Ukraine
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(Image: Channel One Russia / YouTube)

Just a day before the deadline, Russia has announced its entrant for this year's Eurovision, bringing an end to speculation that the country would boycott the contest in Kiev on political grounds. Russia's choice of contestant has, however, brought another scandal to a Eurovision already fraught with controversy.

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Azerbaijani activists and journalists under online attack, says Amnesty International

10 March 2017 · Azerbaijan
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According to a new report published by Amnesty International, activists, journalists, and government critics in Azerbaijan have been the victims of regular cyberattacks over recent months — many affected claim that Azerbaijan's authorities are behind the attempts to violate personal information and private communications.

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Pop music and politics come together in Serbian singer scandal

9 March 2017 · Serbia
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(Image: Vlado Georgiev - Iskreno - (Official Video 2014) / Vlado Georgiev / YouTube)

Serbian popstar Vlado Georgiev has found himself in a face-off with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and pro-government media due to a dispute regarding the cancellation of a recent concert, with thousands rallying in support of the singer-songwriter.

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