RTR of Russia has confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
The confirmation of Russian participation in next years competition brings the number of countries provisionally confirmed as participating to 39. Russia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and went on to win the competition for the first time in 2008 with Dima Bilan.
Russia remains one of a small number of countries to always qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest since the introduction of the semi finals in 2004. This year in Vienna, Polina Gagarina finished in 2nd place with the song “A Million Voices” she scored 303 points the highest points score for a Russian Eurovision entry.