MP Valerii Rishkin, labelled Conchita Wurst’s win as the “last straw” and said Russia should instead host a talent competition entitled the “Voice of Eurasia.” This, from a country that previously sent singing grannys…
“The results of the latest Eurovision were the last straw,” he said, describing Ms Wurst’s win as an “insult to most of the Russian population, and any other country”.
“We must leave this contest immediately; it is high time that we stop tolerating this madness. Each year Russia spends €40 million on this,” he said.
“We have global events such as the Olympics; we can have our own contest. I think that all countries from the Eurasian space, as well as many others, will support us.”
Meanwhile Russian officials have barred fans of Conchita Wurst from holding a parade in her honour.
Moscow’s security department has denied an application for the Conchita Wurst March of Bearded Women and Men, which was slated to take place on May 27.
Though homosexuality is legal in Russia, the country has drawn international condemnation for its “anti-gay laws,” which ban the dissemination of so-called “gay propaganda” to children.
But in Austria, Conchita arrived back at Vienna airport to thousands of fans and more than a hundred journalists awaiting her inside the terminal. They waved flags and banners celebrating the victory, they sang, or tried to catch a glimpse of the winner together with the trophy.
Austria last won Eurovision in 1966.