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World tour announced by Eurovision winner stirs controversy at St. Petersburg legislature

May 12, 2014, 19:04 UTC+3 ST.PETERSBURG
Deputy Vitaly Milonov appealed to Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, asking the minister to ban Austrian singer Conchita Wurst from coming to Russia
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Austrian singer Conchita Wurst

Austrian singer Conchita Wurst

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ST.PETERSBURG, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The victory of Austrian singer in the Eurovision-2014 international song contest has stirred controversy among deputies of the St. Petersburg legislature. Deputy Vitaly Milonov, who is well known for his scandalous initiatives and bills, has even appealed to Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, asking the minister to ban Austrian singer Conchita Wurst, whose birth name is Tom Neuwirth, from coming to Russia.

After a sensational victory in the 2014 Eurovision International Song Contest, where the Austrian transvestite singer performed in a lady image of Conchita Wurst, the winner announced plans to go on a world tour, and visit Russia, in particular. “The Russian authorities should ban the transvestite from entering the Russian territory. The “bearded woman” is the biggest insult to all the people in Russia,” Milonov said in his appeal to the culture minister.

Earlier, Milonov had initiated a bill, which was passed into law, on fines administered for propaganda of homosexuals and pedophiles in Russia. In December 2012 Milonov protested against Lady Gaga and world famous Madonna, claiming that they had violated a visa regime with Russia.

Conchita Wurst, popularly known as “the bearded lady”, won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with the ballad “Rise Like a Phoenix” acknowledged best by the majority of the TV audiences in Europe. Protests were voiced in Russia which adopted a law last year banning "gay propaganda" among minors. Some of the protesters had even asked to have Wurst removed out of broadcasts in Russia.

Nonetheless, Rossiya television which broadcast the Eurovision show to Russia, let the Russian not prejudiced audiences enjoy a beautiful composition performed by the Austrian singer who left no one indifferent even despite controversy sparkled by the singer's unusual look.

Pieces of Conchita Wurst's ballad were re-run by Russia’s Channel One in an evening news program which showed the three top Eurovision stars on the following day.

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