It has been reported by the press in Tatarstan that all regions of Russia that were due to compete in the 3rd Turkvizyon and 1st Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest have withdrawn from the competition.
The news means that Crimea, Kabardino Balkaria & Karachay Cherkessia, Kumyk and Moscow will now also not be participating in the competition next week. The withdrawal of Russia’s regions from the contest came after the Ministry of Culture banned Altai Republic, Bashkortostan, Khakassia, Tatarstan, Tuva and the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) from remaining as members of TURKSOY.
The press in Tatarstan reported that Yamle Group were informed on December 3rd that it would be unlikely they would be able to participate in the contest. The group were then advised by the Government of Tatarstan not to participate. Saida who was due to represent the region in Bala Turkvizyon is said to be devestated not to be able to participate in Bala Turkvizyon in a weeks time.
The following regions of Russia had been due to participate in the event before withdrawing:
- Altai Republic
- Kabardino Balkaria & Karachay Cherkessia
- Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
- Stavropol Krai
The news means that just 21 countries will be participating in Turkvizyon 2015 making it the smallest competition to date. While just 13 countries will be participating in Bala Turkvizyon 2015.
Source: Real Time
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