Rise like a phoenix
September 3, 2014 6:54 AM Subscribe
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During the late 1970s, the Warsaw Pact states had the Intervision Song Contest
, an ideologically-sound Communist alternative to Eurovision, held in the Polish seaside resort of Sopot and attended by mostly Soviet-aligned and non-aligned states. The contest as such last ran in 1980; 1981's was cancelled due to the rise of Solidarność and the protests in nearby Gdańsk and it never returned as an international spectacle. But now, Russia is reviving the Intervision contest
, after a 34-year gap.
The new Intervision contest will differ from the old one in a number of respects: former Warsaw Pact states such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are unlikely to be participating. In their stead, the only currently confirmed participants are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
: Russia, China and the central-Asian former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The move follows the result of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest
, in which Austria's entrant, bearded drag performer Conchita Wurst
, won a runaway victory, largely seen as a rebuke to Russia's harsh anti-gay policies. The Eurovision result was roundly denounced in Russia's state-controlled and state-loyal media, with commentators calling for a “heterosexual alternative” to Eurovision, one more in line with the rising cult of the “Russkaya Ideya