Following an uproar on the Russian official Channel 1 and across the Russian-speaking Internet caused by Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, notorious Russian homophobe legislator Vitaly Milonov has been going non-stop about the "obvious transvestite and hermaphrodite Conchita Wurst on the same stage as Russian singers on live television being blatant propaganda of homosexuality and spiritual decay". Milonov sent a letter to Russia's Eurovision organising committee asking that no further Russian performers be sent to Eurovision and addressed Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky with a request to ban Conchita from entering Russia.
With the Russian general public being apparently way more traumatised by Conchita's victory than by the human losses and bloodshed in the neighbouring Ukraine, the populist voices did not miss this wonderful occassion to capitalise on widespread phobias of the society.
The harshest reaction, however, came from the controversial Russian nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who only recently once again scandalised the public by insulting a pregnant journalist, calling for her to be gang-raped "in the name of Christ". Zhirinovsky described Europe as "suffering from diarrrhea with blood and pus" and "standing on the brink of apocalypsis", lamenting the liberation of Austria by the Soviet troops.
No need to say that Zhirinovsky's "moral and spiritual values" are obviously threatened by the peace and tolerance preaching performer.
We can only hope that the twin sisters representing Russia in the contest will NOT be welcomed and congratulated by Zhirinovsky upon their return to Russia, lest they should find themselves exposed to insults and - possibly - the traditional - in Zhirinovsky's book - spiritual ordeal of gang-rape.