Ukraine bans Russian artists – while Ukrainian artists make a killing in Russia


November 7 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 
by Inessa Sinchougova 

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has signed into law conditions that toughen tours of Russian artists in Ukraine. 

According to the text of the document, artists from Russia will be able to come to Ukraine only with the permission of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). The law was supported by 232 deputies with 226 minimum necessary for its adoption. According to the new rules, tour organizers are obliged to request permission from the SBU 30 days before the event. In the case of failure to notify the agency or provide incomplete information, organizers face a fine from $ 6,200 to $ 14,400. In turn, the SBU should consider the request within 10 days and give an answer whether the given artist can perform on the territory of Ukraine.

At the same time, the black list of Russian artists has 140 names on it, and the list continues to grow. It includes Russian singer Julia Samoilova, who was supposed to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest, which in 2017 was held in Kiev.

This occurs against a backdrop of Ukrainian-originating artists making the majority of their income from touring and selling records in Russia. Just to name two;

1) Vremya i Steklo (play on words – “Time has run out” or “Time and glass”) is a Ukrainian pop duo consisting of Aleksey Zavgorodniy and Nadya Dorofeeva. 

2) Svitlana Loboda, also known by the stage name Loboda, is a Ukrainian singer and composer. Loboda represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels.  

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