IZHEVSK, May 28 (Itar-Tass) —— There are TV sets almost in each house in the Buranovo Grannies' village in Udmurtia, the folk group's press secretary Svetlana Syrygina told Itar-Tass on Monday.
"Our grannies surely have TV sets, and almost all in the village have TV sets. There are also many computers in the village. But if there will be more, the villagers, I think, will be only glad," Syrygina said.
It was reported after the first Eurovision semi-final on May 22 that the village had problems with TV sets, when all the villagers came to the local club to watch the live broadcasting, but a thunderstorm caused broadcast receiving problems on the large mobile screen. So, a small TV set was brought to the club not to miss the performance of the Grannies. A photo on which the villagers are watching TV is placed in the Internet. Many have thought that it is an only TV set in the village, Syrygina said.
Buranovo residents are sure that after the triumph of their Grannies, serious changes will begin in their native village. Already at present, the path to the local club is paved with stones. Work has started to replace the old fence with a wrought iron one with decorations with solar star, a symbol of Udmurtia. The foundation is laid for the future church, for the construction of which the Buranovo Grannies will donate their money. The singers themselves will return home on May 29.
The first religious service at the church construction site is planned for May 30. The same day, the Buranovo Grannies will meet with Head of Udmurtia Alexander Volkov, their press secretary said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 27 congratulated the Buranovo Grannies on the successful performance at the Eurovision contest, where they won the second place. Putin admired their talent and sprightliness, the Kremlin press service noted. The head of state expressed the hope they would give concerts in Russia, including in Moscow, soon. The president intends in the near future on a trip to Udmurtia to personally get acquainted with the grannies, visit their village and see how the villagers live and whether there are problems with television.