Miss a minute and you miss a lot.
Following today’s sudden announcement — and subsequent cancellation — of the Eurovision 2017 host city announcement, MP Borislav Bereza has made extraordinary claims about the decision.
Speaking to the privately-owned TV channel 112 Ukraine, the MP claims that Odessa was chosen by the Organising Committee and was meant to be revealed to the world today as the next host city. But, in his words, someone in the “administration” blocked the decision.
“The fact is that nobody wants to lose this opportunity and the financial flows from Kiev,” he says. “Officials understand that some part of the money will be given by Europe, some part by The Cabinet of Ministers, and they understand that the financial flows go out of their hands.”
The TV channel does not clarify whether this “administration” refers to officials in Kyiv or Dnipro, nor does it identify the mechanism by which they blocked the announcement.
But this much is clear: The MP is alleging that someone with power and financial interests stopped Odessa from being announced as the winner, despite the fact the committee allegedly chose it.
It should be noted that Bereza previously lost the Kyiv mayoral race to Vitali Klitschko. On August 7 he stirred the pot, writing on Facebook that Kyiv had effectively been eliminated from the host city race. That forced NTU to issue a statement strongly denying his claims and making it clear a decision had not yet been made.