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 SBU bans Russia’s Eurovision pick Samoylova from visiting Ukraine for three years

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has banned Russian nominee for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Yulia Samoylova entry to Ukraine for a three-year term.

As reported by Censor.NET, spokesperson for the SBU Olena Hitlianska wrote on Facebook.

"The Security Service of Ukraine has banned entry into the territory of Ukraine for Russian citizen Yulia Samoylova for three years," she wrote.

According to Hitlianska, the decision was based on the information about Samoylova's breach of Ukrainian law.

SBU bans Russia’s Eurovision pick Samoylova from visiting Ukraine for three years 01
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As previously reported, Yulia Samoylova will represent Russia at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv with the song Flame Is Burning. The singer is known to have given concerts in occupied Crimea.

The foreign minister of Ukraine considers such a decision of the Russian Federation to be yet another provocation. Russia, in turn, claims it sees nothing provocative in choosing Samoylova for taking part in the contest.

March 20, the Security Service of Ukraine drafted a ruling to ban the entry into the country for the Russian singer.
   
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