Russian Legislator Compares Singer Conchita Wurst's Address to Fans with Nazi Propaganda
Vitaly Milonov made an analogy between Wurst's address and leaflets distributed by the Nazis during WWII.
Conservative Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov has compared Austrian singer and drag queen Conchita Wurst's address to Russian fans with Nazi propaganda.
Last Sunday, Wurst published a post on her Facebook account, written in Russian, in which she thanked Russian-speaking fans for their support leading to the singer's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest a year ago.
Milonov was quoted by the news agency Russian News Service as saying that Wurst's address was similar to leaflets written in Russian distributed during WWII by the Nazis and calling on Soviet citizens to support them in their fight "against Communists and Jews."
Milonov went on to say that Russian fans had nothing to do with Wurst's Eurovision victory and questioned her artistic talents.
"The presence of such a creature as Conchita Wurst on the European music scene is due to political buffoonery rather than talent," he concluded.
Wurst has been attacked by conservative legislators and politicians in Russia since her Eurovision victory, which they considered a sign of degrading moral standards in Europe. Milonov has been among his most active critics and called for banning Wurst from touring Russia.
A few months after Wurst's Eurovision victory, local Russian election candidates made a homophobic video featuring the singer.
Several years ago, Milonov was behind a controversial legislation "against gay propaganda among minors," which was first adopted in his native St Petersburg and later on a nationwide scale.
Wurst spoke about her popularity in Russia on the BBC's Newsnight show last year (see video below).