In 1996, Russia was required to provide Andrey Kosinski with the song "Me is me", but on the eve of competition (for the second time in its history), the jury did not allow Russian representative to participate, as he scored an insufficient number of points in a special qualifying round.
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 Europen 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 won their first Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, when Dima Bilan, participating for the second time in the contest, won with the song "Believe", bringing the contest to Russia for 2009.
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.
The contest has been broadcast irregularly on two different state channels in Russia: for the 1994, 1996, 2008, 2010 and 2012 contest Channel Russia was the broadcaster, while in 1995, 1997, from 1999 to 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 the contest was broadcast on Channel One. Russia did not broadcast the 1998 contest.
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.
XX on Semi Finals denotes auto-qualification. This could be due to two reasons. If a country won the previous year, they did not have to compete in Semi Finals, or back in the early 2005-2007 era, 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.
XX on Finals denotes an unsuccessful attempt to qualify to the final.
^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..