Russia has just announced that the world famous Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonkaya will help select the Russian act that will compete at “Intervision“, the supposedly “heterosexual” alternative to Eurovision. As you’ll recall, conservative politcians asked that the country ressurect Intervision, the Soviet alternative to Eurovision that ran in the late 70s, in the aftermath Conchita Wurst’s victory at Eurovision.
Even though Russia has decided to take part in the forthcoming ESC, politicians clearly see Intervision as an opportunity to shore up their conservative base at home. Poklonkaya is an interesting choice. She was involved in the repression of the protest movements in Crimea, which will surely sit well with Vladimir Putin, who handpicked her to oversee the contest. (Her selection may sit well with the Tolmachevy Sisters, too). The crime-busting Crimean prosecutor became famous for her appearances in press conferences, so much so that many artists created memes and Japanese animi cartoons of her:
A spokesman for the Moscow Mass Communication Ministry is pleased that Poklonkaya will bring a bit of fairness to the selection process: “The participation of the prosecutor general will guarantee impartiality in the selection of winners.”
So in short, Putin has selected an attractive woman who opposes protests in Crimea and is depicted in Japanese anime cartoons to oversee the selection of a Russian song for the heterosexual alternative to Eurovision. You can’t make this stuff up. Suddenly Conchita the drag queen seems rather straightforward…
Fan art by: Itachi Kanade
Photo: ORF/Thomas Ramstorfer