On 16 January 2002, ORT announced that it would open a submission period between 17 January 2002 and 26 February 2002 for interested artists and composers to submit their proposals for the 2002 Contest. At the close of the submission period, 25 finalists were selected, of which three progressed to a final round of voting by a jury panel: Premier Ministr, Kristina Orbakaitė and Vitas.
During a press conference on 4 March 2002, Premier Ministr and the song "Northern Girl" were presented as the selection of the jury panel. Kristina Orbakaitė and the song "All My Love" was the runner up. The jury panel that selected the Russian entry consisted of Konstantin Ernst (general manager of ORT), Aleksandr Fifeman (general producer of ORT), Marina Danielan (service manager of ORT), Ilya Bachurin (music director of ORT), Valdis Pelšs (entertainment director of ORT, television presenter), Lev Leshchenko (singer), Oleg Gazmanov (singer), Ilya Reznik (lyricist) and Igor Matvienko (composer, producer).
Russia performed 7th at the 2002 Contest, following Croatia and preceding Estonia. Premier Ministr anglicized their band name and appeared in the contest as Prime Minister. After the voting concluded, Russia scored 55 points and placed 10th.
The voting spokesperson for Russia was Arina Sharapova.