Sochi to host Soviet song contest

Russia will revive the Intervision Song Contest in Sochi in October.

The Intervision Song Contest, which ran between 1977 and 1980, was the former Soviet Union's answer to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Its revival is being seen as a response to Austrian Conchita Wurst’s victory at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

As the bearded drag queen collected her award for Rise Like A Phoenix, she dedicated her win to "everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. You know who you are. We are unity and we are unstoppable."

Her remarks were widely interpreted to be a criticism of Russia's homophobic laws and attitudes.

"There's no limit to our outrage," said Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the head of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party, at the time. "It's the end of Europe. It has turned wild. They don't have men and women any more. They have 'it'. Fifty years ago the Soviet army occupied Austria. We made a mistake in freeing Austria. We should have stayed."

So far only Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have confirmed that they will take place in the contest. Any member of the Confederation of Independent States and any former Soviet Republics are eligible to enter, but none has yet confirmed participation.