Ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia appear to have bled into Türkvizyon, as Crimea has announced that it will not participate in this year’s contest.
Last year Russia wanted to join Türkvizyon but then they withdrew. And now, following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, the region has decided to withdraw from Türkvizyon.
One theory making the rounds is that Crimea will join Intervision, the contest Russia hopes to revitalize in the wake of Conchita Wurst’s victory. Withdrawing from Türkvizyon, a contest Russia did not participate in, could be a way of signaling stronger ties with Moscow.
Last year Crimea’s Elvira Sarihalil failed to qualify for the final at the first Türkvizyon Song Contest. She sang “Daglarin Ellari”.