Deputy Minister of culture called the shame of the participation in “Eurovision”


RIA Novosti

The organizers of the musical contest “Eurovision” promote alien to Russian values, said first Deputy culture Minister Vladimir Aristarkhov. He commented on the prohibition of the security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on the entry of the singer Yulia Samoilova, reports TASS on Wednesday, March 22.

“The Ministry of culture had, has and will have no relation to the Eurovision song contest, his organization, and so on. My personal opinion is a very politicized event, promoting a completely alien values, or rather, their absence,” he said.

“Participation is more of a minus than a plus. Nothing to be ashamed of” — said Arseny.

Earlier on Wednesday it became known that the SBU closed the entrance Samoilova on the territory of Ukraine. This means that the performer declared to be a participant of “Eurovision-2017” from Russia will not be able to visit a music competition in Kiev.

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia this decision was called cynical and inhuman.

In Kiev believe that the shooting violated Ukrainian law by visiting in 2015, the Crimea, the entry of which into Russia is disputed by Ukraine. Participation in the festival on the Peninsula is regarded as illegal crossing of the state border by an organized group of individuals.

The semifinals of “Eurovision-2017” will be held in Kyiv on 9 may and 11 may, the final on 13 may.