Altai Republic has been forced to withdraw from the Turkvizyon Song Contest 2015 due to the current state of international relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey.
The news comes as the Russian member regions of TURKSOY were contacted by the Russian Ministry of Culture and told to terminate all existing relationships with TURKSOY. TURKSOY which supports the Turkvizyon Song Contest includes the following regions of the Russian Federation:
- Altai Republic
- Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
So far the only region to withdraw from the Turkvizyon Song Contest as a result of the ruling is the Altai Republic. The region had been due to compete in the contest for the second time represented by Emil Tolkochekov. It is not know whether any other of the Russian regions participating in the contest will withdraw.
Source: Turkvizyon VK