Ukraine bans Russia's Eurovision contestant due to Crimea visit

Ukraine bans Russia's Eurovision contestant due to Crimea visit

Ukraine's security service has banned Russia's contestant from this year's Eurovision song contest because she performed in Crimea.

Russia this month chose 27-year-old singer Yulia Samoylova to represent the country in the May 11-13 contest in Kiev.

But Samoylova has toured in Russia-annexed Crimea without entering it by going through the border with the Ukrainian mainland. Under Ukrainian law, that allows authorities to block her entry into Ukraine.

Ukrainian Security Service spokeswoman Olena Gitlanska said that the service has banned Samoylova from the country for three years "on the basis of information received about her violation of Ukrainian law".

Samoylova, who has been confined to a wheelchair since childhood, sang at the opening of the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

- AP

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