Vitaly Milonov, a conservative deputy at St. Petersburg's legislative assembly who penned the city's "law against gay propaganda" several years ago, went even further, suggesting that Russian singers should no longer compete at Eurovision alongside the likes of Wurst and that the Austrian singer, who performs as a bearded drag queen, should be banned from touring Russia.
Later, he addressed Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, asking him to ban Wurst from performing in the country. "Allowing him to the Russian territory would be more than criminal negligence," Milonov's press service quoted him as saying.
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However, the culture ministry said it could not ban Wurst from entering Russia. "Banning bearded women or men from visiting Russia is outside the competence of the culture ministry," its press service said in a statement.
- This article originally appeared in THR.com.