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Suspilne’s supervisory board to consider row over Alina Pash on February 18

16.02.2022, 13:38

The Supervisory Board of Suspilne Public Broadcaster will meet on February 18 for an extraordinary meeting to consider, in particular, the situation around the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. This was reported by the broadcaster's website.

The Supervisory Board of the Public Broadcasting is the governing body of the NPTU, which consists of one representative from each of the parliamentary factions and groups of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the current convocation and nine members from public associations. The Supervisory Board determines the main activities of the NPTU, elects the Chairman and members of the Board of the NPTU and performs other regulatory functions.

As IMI reported, on February 15, the chairman of the board of the Public Mykola Chernotytskyi stated that he would appeal to law enforcement agencies regarding Alina Pash's forged documents.

On February 15, Andriy Demchenko, a spokesman for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, said that the SBGS did not issue any certificate of legal crossing of the state border of Ukraine through the Chaplynka checkpoint in 2015 to Alina Pash, the winner of the 2022 national selection.

Alina Pash explained on Instagram that she had instructed her team to receive the above-mentioned certificate. She also said that she had re-requested the border guards and insisted that she had not broken the law.

On February 14, the Public Broadcaster asked the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine to confirm or deny the forgery of the certificate of crossing the state border with Crimea, provided by the team of the winner of the national selection for Eurovision-2022 Alina Pash.

The Suspilne has stated that it would not sign an agreement with Pash to participate in the international song contest "Eurovision" until the verification and clarification of the facts is completed.

It will be recalled that on February 12, singer Alina Pash won the national selection for Eurovision-2022 with the song "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors". At the same time, the Kalush Orchestra, which took second place, claimed about the falsifications and its intention to challenge the results of the competition in court.

The public broadcaster stated that they had no evidence that Alina Pash had violated the selection rules.

This year the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place in Turin (Italy). The city will host participants from 41 countries at the Pala Olimpico arena, first in the semifinals on May 10 and 12, and then in the grand final on May 14.

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