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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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  • (Robbie Williams | Party Like A Russian - Official Video / Robbie Williams / YouTube)

  • (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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Music for candy shops: enjoy sweet new tracks from Ukrainian ambient act Poly Chain

15 March 2017 · Poland · Ukraine
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  • Poly Chain (Image: Michaela Metesová)

Music for Candy Shops from Kiev-born Poly Chain is the latest release on the bill for Polish electronic label Transatlantyk.

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Russian punk girl group Mirrored Lips in London gig tomorrow

15 March 2017 · Nizhny Novgorod · Russia
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Punk trio Mirrored Lips hail from the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. Now they're touring the UK and will be performing at a free concert in London tomorrow night.

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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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Enjoy these Yugoslav covers to relive some classic tunes with a twist

9 March 2017 · Yugoslavia
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  • (Miki Jevremović - Zbogom, Kalifornijo (California Dreamin’) / Peđa Radović / YouTube)

Slavorum, an online forum dedicated to everything Slavic, has had us humming along to some old favourites. You're probably familiar with iconic hits such as California Dreamin' and Ain't No Sunshine — now hear Yugoslavia's take on the tunes.

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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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Premiere: this post-punk music video envisions Moscow as a dark dystopia

7 March 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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  • (Lode Runner - Slyozyu krov ne smoyesh / Ivan Reedm / Vimeo)

In his new music video for Russian post-punk band Lode Runner, independent director Ivan Reedm envisions a dystopian Moscow, collaborating with model agency Lumpen to depict a society devoid of faith in good or peace.

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Will Russia boycott Eurovision?

3 March 2017 · Kiev · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (LIVE - Jamala - 1944 (Ukraine) at the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

This year's Eurovision Song Contest has already been fraught with obstacles and scandals, from funding challenges to mass resignations. Now the event is faced with yet more intrigue — could Russia be boycotting the contest?

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