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The Eurovision 2023 finals were held in Liverpool, UK - at the behest of last year's winners, Ukraine (Photo: Michael Doherty)

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Russia on Eurovision: 'Bacchanalia for Western perverts'

The Eurovision 2023 finals were held in Liverpool, UK - at the behest of last year's winners, Ukraine (Photo: Michael Doherty)

Enjoyed watching the Eurovision finals last weekend?

That's because you're a "pervert" being brainwashed by Western propaganda, according to Russian state media coverage of the event.

It wasn't shown on Russian TV — for the second year running — because the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organises Eurovision, banned Russian participation last year in protest at its horrifying invasion of Ukraine.

Russia's Channel One and the Ostankino radio station have quit the...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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