Saturday, 20. December 2014
25. 06. 14. - 17:00
Russia has stepped up the battle against the moral corruption signified by the likes of Austrian Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst by announcing that crime busting Crimean prosecutor general Natalia Poklonskaya is to take over judging as part of the new Russian alternative to Eurovision.
Natalia became an Internet hit after a video from a press conference from her went viral, with her good looks inspiring Japanese animi cartoons, video games and love songs.
And now the good-looking crime buster more noted for her tough clampdown on protest movements in the Crimea is now tackling the Eurovision issue.
Russia announced it was creating its own alternative to the Eurovision after a number of victories by singers like cross-dressing Austrian Conchita Wurst who they accused of corrupting public morality and devaluing common decency.
They want a return to grass roots values without gay or transsexual performances, and as a result announced that this October they will be once again be staging the mothballed Intervision Song Contest (ISC).
The ISC was first staged in Poland between 1977 and 1980 and included post-Soviet states and members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. It was basically the Eastern Bloc equivalent to the Eurovision Song Contest, and the voting method involved people simply switching on the lights at home to indicate their support for a candidate because many people at the time did not have telephones. The local electricity power generation company would then measure the increase from the switched on light bulbs, and votes would be awarded accordingly.
The contest folded because of the rise of the Polish independent trade union movement, Solidarity, which was judged by other Eastern-bloc countries to be counter-revolutionary, and who boycotted it as a result.
But now the contest will return in October featuring both ex-Soviet states and members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and this time the Russian entry is being organised by Natalia, who was apparently personally selected by Vladimir Putin. It was Putin in 2009 who first proposed restarting the competition and after the victory of Conchita Wurst the relaunch has now been confirmed.
A spokesman for the Moscow Mass Communication Ministry said: "The participation of the prosecutor general will guarantee impartiality in the selection of winners."
She has reportedly been roped in from currently working on clamping down on Crimean Tatars that have been protesting in front of the new Russian regime installed in the peninsula.
Natalia has already banned the marches as an illegal protest and warned: "If violations will not stop, the Council of Crimean Tatars will be abolished and its activity will be prohibited in the Russian Federation."
The Tartars are recognised as an ethnic group in the Ukraine that are particularly prominent in the Crimea region.
(will be approved by an editor before going online)
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.
Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.
Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.
Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.
More Than Twenty 100,000 GBP Motors Used In Bridal Convoy
A Chinese couple who wanted to have the most expensive wedding convoy possible arranged for a convoy of top of the range cars including a stretch Hummer followed by Lamborghinis, Porsches and other VIP motors.
Riot Police Star In Downs Syndrome Calendar
Spanish riot police have joined forces with Down's syndrome kids to take part in a special calendar for charity.
Chinese Nuclear Winter Smog Leaves Clinics Full
Fresh proof of Chinese scientists' claims that the country's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter are shown by these images that show clinics and hospitals packed with patients suffering with trouble breathing.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|UN Security Expert Says One Jihad Poster Girl Is Dead|
|Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student|
|Russian Cops Beat Man To A Pulp In Front Of Children|
|Porsche Driver Crushed After Ploughing Into Lorry|
|Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.