Among the most sarcastic critics was Dmitry Rogozin, deputy prime minister in charge of the country's defense industry. Another high-placed official, Vitaly Milonov, a conservative deputy at St. Petersburg's legislative assembly who penned the city's "law against gay propaganda" a few years ago, demanded that Wurst be banned from touring Russia.
Meanwhile, Russia will host another international song contest and Eurovision alternative this fall. Intervision will take place in Sochi this fall.
The Intervision announcement was also accompanied by a reference to Wurst's Eurovision victory as prominent local music producer Igor Matvienko suggested that all those who are going to compete to represent Russia in the contest should shave their beards.
Russian Politicians Slam 'Bearded Lady' Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Win
A qualification round for Russia's representative for Intervision will take place next month in Yalta, a resort on the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia from Ukraine earlier this year.
- This article originally appeared in THR.com.