Alexander Rybak was kept at the Russian border for two hours.
English translation by Julia Bezbakh. Picture by Anita Lysak
Alexander Rybak visited Moscow right before the Christmas holidays started. The Eurovision winner came to the capital of Russia for only one day to perform at the student’s party of Moscow university.
But the concert could have ended with cancellation due to the fact that the artist was detained on visa control at Sheremetievo Airport. It turned out that Alexander had Russian visa in his passport, but it contained a misprint admitted by the employees of the Russian Embassy in Oslo. Unfortunately the visa with error was not valid, so Alexander couldn’t be let in to the territory of the Russian Federation He was even threatened to be deported back to Copenhagen, where he had just arrived from.
The singer spent about two hours in the VIP terminal of the airport and the concert, which was long waited by the Moscow students, could have been cancelled. However, the employees of the consular department responded quickly to the situation with the visa of the Eurovision 2009 winner. They issued him a new visa, and Alexander was able to cross the Russian border.
Because of the time spent on the issuing of a new visa and hours of traffic jams in Moscow, they had to delay Rybak’s performance. The students chanted the name of their favorite artist for an hour, waiting to see him enter the stage. The singer didn’t stopped by the hotel, he immediately rushed to the concert area right from the airport. He changed his clothes and in 5 minutes Rybak was ready for the concert. Because of that Alexander had to play without the necessary sound check and rehearsals.
The audience burst into applause when Alexander Rybak appeared on stage. Alexander Alexander performed for about an hour with the ballet “Foresight” in front of the student audience, presented his new Russian-language songs, as well as their favorite hits. After the concert, the students were satisfied getting autographs and pictures with their idol – Alexander Rybak.
The artist’s management and Alexander Rybak himself express their gratitude to the director of the Consular Department Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia – Karlov Andrei and deputy director of the Consular Department of the MFA of Russia Klimov Alexey for the quick solution of the problem, correcting typographical errors in the documents of Alexander Rybak and issuing the new visa to enter the Russian Federation.