They’re the Latvian group who are encouraging Eurovision fans to eat their veggies. But now Citi Zēni has a much more serious message. The group have sent an email to the European Broadcasting Union, urging they reconsider the participation of Russia in Eurovision 2022.
Citi Zēni shared their message on Twitter, with a screenshot of an email, apparently sent to the EBU. The screenshot was accompanied by the tweet: “We love all artists. We love all people. We are united. @Eurovision should take action. We urge other delegations & artists to do the same. #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦”.
In the email to the EBU, Citi Zēni wrote:
To whom it may concern
Dear EBU team,
“The sound of beauty” cannot become the “sound of war”.
The current aggression & external politics conducted by the government of the Russian Federation are not acceptable to us. We stand united with the people of Ukraine and are strongly opposing the human suffering currently occurring.
“Citi Zēni” as the winners of the Latvian national selection & the Latvian representatives for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest are requesting you to reconsider the participation of the delegation of the Russian Federation in the upcoming event in May.
We believe that Eurovision is about peace, entertainment and love. It is completely in opposition with the politics currently conducted by the governing bodies of the Russian Federation. In our opinion it is not correct to be sending an artist to one EBU country, while an army is being deployed to another.
Sincerely hoping for action on the matter,
Representatives of Latvia in the 66th Eurovision song contest
Lithuania’s Monika Liu supports Ukraine
Citi Zēni aren’t the only Eurovision 2022 act to speak out. Also from the Baltic region, Lithuania’s Monika Liu shared a post to her Instagram stories.
She wrote, “Such a sad day. Russia has started the full-scale war against Ukraine. Ukraine will defend itself and win. The world can and had to stop putin. Right now is the time to act. #StandWithUkraine🇺🇦”
Monika posted a second post to her Instagram stories simply with the text “Madman Psycho”, written in black text on a dark grey background.
Earlier today, other Ukraine and Russian past Eurovision acts responded to news of the Russian invasion.
The head of Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT has also called for Russia to be excluded from Eurovision 2022.
So far, the EBU has only said that both Russia and Ukraine are still welcome to participate in Eurovision 2022, a “non-political cultural event which unites nations and celebrates diversity through music.”
However, the EBU also said they will “continue to monitor the situation closely.”