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    Russian 2017 Eurovision Participant Could Face 3-Year Entry Ban to Ukraine

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    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) will make decision on possible 3-year entry ban on Russian 2017 Eurovision Song Contest participant Yulia Samoilova in the near future, Oleksandr Tkachuk, chief of staff of SBU head, said on Wednesday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — On March 12, Russia announced that Samoilova, the winner of the internal competition, will represent Russia at the 2017 Eurovision contest in Kiev.

    Samoilova, who has been wheelchair-bound since childhood, will sing the song "Flame Is Burning."

    "We are taking into account all the risks… I can say that the documents on banning Mrs. Samoilova from entering our country for three years have been prepared… We will make the decision in the near future," Tkachuk said at the briefing broadcasted by the Ukraina TV-channel.

    The Russian singer visited Crimea in 2015 with a concert without obtaining a permit from the Ukrainian authorities. The SBU had launched an investigation into the case.

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