Deputy Vitaly Milonov turned to Konstantin Ernst with a proposal to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest, which is being held this year in Ukraine.
Milonov noted the inadmissibility of the participation of Russian performers in Eurovision 2017 due to "flagrant anti-Russian and Russophobic policies." He drew a parallel with Nazi Germany, calling the contest “Reich vision”, since, according to him, in Ukraine the neo-Nazi tendency lifts its head.
The opinion of Vitaly Milonov was divided by the singer and part-time first deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on Culture Iosif Kobzon.Go to Eurovision and give extra reason for Russophobia to anything, he said. However, to watch Eurovision or not is a personal choice of every Russian: “It is enough just not to turn on the TV,” Kobzon noted.
While in Russia they doubt about participation in Eurovision, Ukraine is in full swing preparing. The presenters have already been chosen - they are Vladimir Ostapchuk, Alexander Skichko and Timur Miroshnichenko, recognizable faces on Ukrainian television. The country will be represented by the rock band O.Torvald, selected by a jury from Andrei Danilko, the winners of Eurovision Song Contest Jamala and Konstantin Meladze.