Ukraine’s entry for Eurovision under threat over Russia gigs

(AP) — Ukraine‘s entry for the Eurovision song contest is in jeopardy after the national broadcaster told the performer who won the right to represent her country to choose between the nomination and concerts in Russia.

Controversy erupted shortly after 27-year-old singer Anna Korsun who performs under the name of Maruv won the nomination Sunday to be Ukraine’s entry in the annual competition.

Several Ukrainian politicians said Maruv should not be allowed to represent Ukraine because she often tours in Russia.

And the Ukrainian National Public Broadcaster said Maruv was offered a contract which bars her from playing in Russia. More specific details were not available but the broadcaster said the singer had 24 hours to respond.

Ties between Russia and Ukraine broke down after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.

By Associated Press