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Ukraine bans Russia's entry to Eurovision song contest

Mar 22, 2017 - Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) - The Eurovision song contest, nominally an apolitical festival of pop music confections and cheerfully tacky costumes, erupted into a political dispute Wednesday after Ukraine banned Russia's contestant from entering the country.

Yulia Samoylova, who was to represent Russia in the May 11-13 contest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, was banned by Ukraine's security service. She had toured in Crimea after Russia's 2014 annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

Ukrainian law a...