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Russia: Yulia Samoylova selected for Kiev

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Tobias Pedroso | 13 Marcha, 2017, 15:58

Russian Federation will be represented by 27-year-old Yulia Samoilova at Eurovision-2017 in Kyiv, who has the first group of disability since childhood after an unsuccessful vaccination against poliomyelitis and she moves on a wheelchair. Should she have not have entered the country by land from Ukraine, she could be barred from participating in this year's ESC.

Julia was born April, 7 1989 in Ukhta, Russia. She is a singer, composer and music writer. In 2013 she was a finalist of The X Factor in Russian Federation.

Last year, Russian Federation finished third with You're The Only One, performed by Sergey Lazarev.

Flame Is Burning was made a co-production with Leonid Gutkin, a Eurovision veteran who was in Russia's Eurovision team in 2013 with Dina Garipova and in 2015 with Polina Gagarina. Confined to a wheelchair, Samoilova sang at the opening of the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014.

Russia's Eurovision 2017 entry Yulia Samoylova may be banned from participation in the song contest to held in Kiev this summer, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, said in an interview to Govorit Moskva (Moscow speaking) radio, APA reported.