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Udmurt president to support ‘Buranovo Grannies’ on Tuesday

May 21, 2012, 19:30 UTC+3

Volkov said that travel operators in Udmurtiya had prepared a special tourist trip for those who wish to visit the Buranovo village

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IZHEVSK, the Udmurt Republic, May 21 (Itar-Tass) — Alexander Volkov, the president of the Udmurt Republic, will support the Buranovo Grannies folk group that will sing for Russia in the first semi-final of the Eurovision-2012 song contest in Baku on May 22. The republic’s head told journalists that he was sure in the victory of the unique singers from Udmurtiya.

“The grannies know their business. Their professionalism, unique and distinctive folk character as well as heartedness and openness will help them win,” Volkov told journalists on Monday.

Volkov said that actions in support of ‘Buranovo Grannies’ will be organized in various parts of Udmurtiya on May 22. A live broadcast from Baku will be held on Izhevsk’s central square.

“Every resident of Udmurtiya will be able to support the grannies. I myself will do that tomorrow,” Volkov went on to say.

He added that all Buranovo grannies who had increased the interest in the Udmurt Republic and the Udmurt language hundreds of times deserved the titles of Merited Artists of Udmurtiya.

Volkov said that travel operators in Udmurtiya had prepared a special tourist trip for those who wish to visit the Buranovo village. But this, of course, is a long term project for the village is facing many problems and needs investments to solve them.

For example, the village of Buranovo needs 15-20 million rubles to renovate a local club where the Buranovo Grannies polished their skills ever since the group was founded. At present, this is a modest one-storied building with a wooden floor, semi-dilapidated furniture, rotten window frames and outdated equipment.

Alexander Volkov promised to invest considerable financial resources in the development of the Buranovo village.

The Eurovision-2012 song contest will take place in Baku on May 22-26. The Buranovo Grannies will appear in the first semi-final under number 14.

Apart from singing, the grannies are planning to cook a national dish called ‘perepechi’, an analogue to Italian pizza, on the stage during their three-minute performance. All the grannies seem to be in good and frolicsome mood.

The grannies are staying in a separate cottage where they have the best living conditions, a privte beach and even their own cook for the Caucasian cuisine is too spicy and flavored for them.

The participants and guests of the Eurovision-2012 song contest have been showing live interest in the ‘Buranovo Grannies’ and their song ‘Party for Everybody’ ever since the folk group arrived in Baku. Bookmakers predict the second or third place for them.

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