Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Member station||Channel One
|National selection events||National Selection (1994, 1996, 2005, 2008–2010, 2012)
Internal Selection (1995, 1997–98, 2000–04, 2006–07, 2011, 2013-)
|Best result||1st: 2008|
|Worst result||17th: 1995|
|Channel One page
Channel Russia page
|Russia's page at Eurovision.tv|
Russia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 18 times since their debut in 1994 and has participated every year since 2000. Russia won the 2008 contest with Dima Bilan performing the song "Believe". Russia has also finished second in the contest three times, with Alsou in 2000, Dima Bilan in 2006 and Buranovskiye Babushki in 2012. As of 2014, Russia, along with Sweden, holds the record for the most top five finishes in the 21st Century, with a total of seven.
Their debut was in the 1994 contest after Russia became a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In 2000, 2006 and 2012 Russia came second in the contest with Alsou's song "Solo", Dima Bilan's "Never Let You Go" and Buranovskiye Babushki with "Party for Everybody" song, respectively. In both 2003 and 2007, Russia placed 3rd, with t.A.T.u.'s "Ne Ver', Ne Boysia" and Serebro's "Song #1."
In 1996, Russia's entry was Andrey Kosinski with the song "Me is me", but on the eve of competition (for the second time in its history), he scored an insufficient number of points in a special qualifying round and therefore missed the final.
In 1998, because Russia did not participate in the contest (due to lower average scores in participating in previous competitions), Russia refused to broadcast the competition and the European Broadcasting Union in return forbade the country to participate the following year. According to unconfirmed information, Russia was required to submit Tatyana Ovsiyenko with the song "My Sun".
Since the introduction of the semi-finals, Russia is, along with Greece, Romania and Ukraine, one of the four countries left that has never missed a final. Azerbaijan has also never missed a final, but due to the fact Azerbaijan debuted after the semi-final introduction, Azerbaijan is not counted as one of these countries.
Russia was the most successful country in Eurovision in 2000-2009, with one win, two second places, and two third places. However, in 2010 they finished 11th, and in 2011 they were 16th, which was the worst place for Russia since 1995. Interest in the competition fell, but in 2012 Buranovskiye Babushki finished in second place, increasing Russia's interest in the show. Russia holds the record for the most top five finishes in the 21st century, with seven, most recently with Dina Garipova, who was fifth in 2013.
Revival of Intervision Song Contest
Days after the final of Eurovision Song Contest 2014, the deputy of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Mr Valery Rashkin made proposals of a new contest for members of the Former Soviet Union called "Voice of Eurasia".  On 26 May 2014, it was announced that the Intervision Song Contest, the Soviet-era rival to the Eurovision Song Contest would return in October 2014 consisting of ex-Soviet states and members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
The contest has been broadcast irregularly on two different public state channels in Russia, both EBU members: for the 1994 and 1996 it was broadcast on Russia-1, while in 1995, 1997 and from 1999 to 2007 the contest was broadcast on Channel One. Since 2008, there is an alternation on broadcast, with Russia-1 on even years, and Channel One on odd ones.
- Table key
- a. ^ In 1996 Russia failed to qualify from the pre-qualification round. The official Eurovision site does not count 1996 in Russia's total list of appearances.
- b. ^ Russia was forced to sit out another year in 1999, as the EBU only allows countries which had broadcast the previous year's contest to enter the next year's contest.
- c. If a country won the previous year, they did not have to compete in Semi Finals. In addition, back in 2005-2007, countries who done well did not have to compete in Semi Finals the following year. The top ten non-Big four along with the Big four countries automatically qualified, for example, if Germany and France placed inside the top 10, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with everyone within the top 10.
Act selection method
|1994||The winner of the National Final with 9 participants.|
|1996||The winner of the National Final with 14 participants.Does Not Participate|
|1998||Internal Selection.Does Not Participate|
|1999||Does Not Participate|
|2005||The winner of the National Final with 29 participants.|
|2008||The winner of the National Final with 27 participants.|
|2009||The winner of the National Final with 16 participants.|
|2010||The winner of the National Final with 25 participants.|
|2012||The winner of the National Final with 25 participants.|
Commentators and spokespersons
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|1994||Vadim Dolgachyov||No Dual Commentator||Arina Sharapova||Russia 1|
|1995||Unknown||Marina Danielyan||Channel 1|
|1996||Vadim Dolgachyov||Russia did not participate||Russia 1|
|1997||Philipp Kirkorov||Arina Sharapova||Channel 1|
|1998||No Broadcast||Russia did not participate||No Broadcast|
|1999||Aleksej Zhuravlev||Tatjana Godunova||Channel 1|
|2001||Alexander Anatolievich||Konstantin Mikhailov||Larisa Verbickaya|
|2002||Yuriy Aksuta||Elena Batinova||Arina Sharapova|
|2008||Dmitriy Guberniyev||Olga Shelest||Oxana Fedorova||Russia 1|
|2009||Yana Churikova||Semi-finals — Aleksey Manuylov;
Final — Philipp Kirkorov
|Ingeborga Dapkunaite||Channel 1|
|2010||Dmitriy Guberniyev||Olga Shelest||Oxana Fedorova||Russia 1|
|2011||Yuriy Aksuta||Yana Churikova||Dima Bilan||Channel 1|
|2012||Dmitriy Guberniyev||Olga Shelest||Oxana Fedorova||Russia 1|
|2013||Yuriy Aksuta||Yana Churikova||Alsou||Channel 1|
|2014||Dmitriy Guberniyev||Olga Shelest||Alsou||Russia 1|
As of 2014, Russia's voting history is as follows:
|2009||Moscow||Olympic Indoor Arena||Semi-finals: Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov;
Final: Alsou and Ivan Urgant
- The "Big Five" (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Germany) are not counted in this list since they receive automatic qualification to the final. Neither is Azerbaijan, that has qualified every year they have competed, but debuting four years after the introduction of the semifinals.
- Russia in the Eurovision Dance Contest
- Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
- Russia in the Türkvizyon Song Contest
- "Russia: Proposes Own Eurovision Song Contest. Will Russia participate finally?". Eurovoix. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- Granger, Anthony (23 May 2014). "Russia: Intervision To Return This October". Eurovoix. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- "Exclusive: The hosts of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
- Points to and from Russia eurovisioncovers.co.uk