Russian singer Samoilova performs in occupied Crimea instead of Eurovision 2017

Russian singer Yulia Samoilova, banned from entering the country in view of her violation of the Ukrainian legislation, namely her visit to the Russian-occupied Crimea in breach of the existing immigration rules, appeared at a festive concert in the occupied city of Sevastopol dedicated to the Victory Day.

Samoilova performed the song ”Flame Is Burning” prepared for the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as the song ”Victory Day” on Nakhimov Square in occupied Sevastopol, Russian news agency TASS reports.

Samoilova also said she would like to sing a new song at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.

Earlier, on March 22, Ukraine`s SBU Security Service issued a three-year entry ban against Samoilova, citing her performance at a festival dubbed ”A World of Sports and Kindness” held in Crimea on June 27, 2015. Ukraine`s authorities say that by performing in Crimea, Samoilova violated the Ukrainian government`s regulation dated June 4, 2015, which stipulates that foreign citizens should enter Crimea by crossing the administrative border with mainland Ukraine.

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