Khakassia and Tuva are the two latest regions of Russia to withdraw from the Turkvizyon Song Contest 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The two regions were members of the organisation TURKSOY but were forced to withdraw from the organisation by the Russian Government. Khakssia and Tuva had both selected singers for the Turkvizyon Song Contest next month and join Altai Republic in withdrawing from the contest as a result of the Government ruling.
Khakassia had selected Sayana Saburova and Olga Vasilyeva in a national selection earlier this month. Sayana would have been returning to the contest for a second year in a row to try and take the region to their first final. While Tuva was to be represented by Arjaana Stal-ool with “Tuvam”. Both regions were also due to participate in Bala Turkvizyon 2015 and have also withdrawn from the contest.
The following TURKSOY members from Russia have not withdrawn from the contest:
- Sakha Republic (Yakutia)