Why is Russia so desperate to win Eurovision?

Why is Russia so desperate to win Eurovision?
 

Russia is the bookies' favourite to win this year's Eurovision song contest, and one reason for this is that it has spared no expense to produce an expertly staged performance. Winning Eurovision seems to have become a national priority, but why?
Seven years ago, Swedish television executive Svante Stockselius was in Moscow, watching rehearsals for the Eurovision finals. It was the first and only time the contest had been held in Moscow, after Dima Bilan's victory with Believe at the 2008 contest in Belgrade.
"All of a sudden, the Russians they went crazy, and they said Mr Putin, our... read more

 
13 May 2016 in World News, Views: 50
Source: BBC
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