MOLDOVA – Filipp Kirkorov, the Russian singer and producer, former Eurovision participant (in 1995 with “Kolbenaya dya vulkana”) and today mentor of many Eurovision projects, was rejected by Moldova.
Therefore, the troubles continue for Kirkorov, who had recently operated with two projects in Moldova (DoReDos in 2018 and Natalia Gordienko in 2021) and who has now instead been refused entry visas to the country on the border between Ukraine and Romania.
According to reports from the Russian news agency, Interfax, Kirkorov was stopped at the check-in the VIP lounge of the Chisinau airport by the border police. Kirkorov spent a whole night in the VIP room before being refused entry as the documents presented were not deemed valid for crossing the border.
Kirkorov, according to what is also learned from the RIA Novosti agency, is involved in a criminal case against the Moldovan deputy Marina Tauber, from whose pro-Russian Shor party he received 200,000 dollars for a concert in the Moldovan capital, later cancelled, in which he was supposed to participate another big of Russian music, rapper Morgenstern, paid 60,000 euros.
The former Eurovision participant had gone to Moldova at the request of the lawyers of Marina Tauber, currently in prison on charges of falsifying the party’s budgets and illegally financing it.
Tauber essentially handed over the money “in the black” to Kirkorov, who, like the rapper, did not return the agreed sum despite the cancellation of the concert for reasons of public order. The singer was supposed to testify in favour of politics.
Shor is an opposition party to the pro-European president Maia Sandu and to the prime minister Natalia Gavrilita and the story rekindles the lights on the two souls of Moldova, one pro-Russian and one pro-Europe, also brought to the stage at Eurovision 2022 by Zdob si Zdub ft Advahov friars.
According to the police, the money with which Kirkorov was paid and with which the anti-government protest that took the place of the concert on June 19 was organized would be part of larger illicit financing of over 3.5 million, from part of a criminal organization in the Shor party.
The money of the criminal group arrived in the Republic of Moldova in the form of transfers and conversions, including in cryptocurrency. And to disguise the origin of the funds, various financing channels were used, such as Dubai, Vienna, and Munich.
From the same sources of criminal origin, the party members were to receive a monthly salary of 100,000 euros and more than 3,5 million lei would be used to transport the demonstrators.
These results would have been achieved by the National Anti-Corruption Center, together with the Intelligence and Security Service and the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, which would have ascertained that the 600,000 euros paid to Kirkorov would not be part of the party’s budgets, where the expenditure of just 228,000 euros would be indicated.
Numerous bans in Europe
Moldova has not yet included Kirkorov in the black list and the measure refers to the single episode, but the singer-songwriter has already received a ban in 2021 from Lithuania, where he is an unwelcome person and more recently from Estonia and Latvia, due to his proximity. to Putin and for his positions in support of the dictator’s policy, especially on the Crimea issue.
Where he, however, has recently performed, as well as having visited a military hospital where Russian soldiers wounded in Ukraine are hospitalized. On the occasion of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he had remained silent.
At the moment, no entry ban appears to have been issued against him in the United Kingdom and he does not figure on the international blacklist, so in theory, if he wanted to be present at Eurovision 2023, he could do so by entering Great Britain starting from one of the airports still reachable from Moscow, for example, Belgrade. Or by taking advantage of dual citizenship and thus becoming accredited as a Bulgarian.
And besides, Kirkorov took part as a spectator in at least one evening of Eurovision 2022 in Turin, as evidenced by a shot stolen by a fan.
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