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Georgians pull out of Eurovision over Putin jab

Georgians pull out of Eurovision over Putin jab

A Georgian group says it is pulling out of the Eurovision Song Contest in a dispute over lyrics poking fun at Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Producers and members of Stephane and 3G say they will not bend to organizers' demands that they change the lyrics or choose a different song for the contest.
Moscow hosts the kitschy annual contest in May. Georgia and Russia fought a five-day war last August.
The Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union said Tuesday that no lyrics of a political nature would be permitted, and that Georgia would have to rewrite the song or select another one.
A producer of the group and Georgia's culture minister claimed Wednesday that Russian pressure was behind the organizers' decision.