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Georgia accused Russia of exerting pressure on the Eurovision

2009-03-12 13:51

Russia exerted pressure on the Eurovision song contest managers in the moment of making decision on the Stephanie and 3G participation in the contest in Moscow, believes Nikoloz Rurua, the Minister of Culture of Georgia - RIA Novosti.


On Tuesday the European Broadcasting Union (ЕВU) regarded the song We Don't Wanna Put In by Georgian singers as non-complying with the regulations of the Eurovision and demanded the Georgian side to change the lyrics or the song before March 16th.

I believe that the Eurovision leadership came under unprecedented Russian pressure," Culture Minister Nikoloz Rurua said in the air of Imedi TV company. He believes that Russia could exert pressure on the contest managers "using its [Russia's] financial resources".

Last evening the Public Television of Georgia refused to change the lyrics or present another song and announced the decision to abstain from participation in the contest.

Let us remind that Stephanie and 3G must represented Georgia at the Eurovision song contest in 2009 . The group openly claimed that their song - We Don't Wanna Put In is a protest against Russian policy.

Jarmo Siim, the Eurovision administration previously stated that managers of the contest will not allow singing songs with a political context.


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