Russian radio listeners are currently enjoying the native language version of Dima Bilan's Eurovision Song Contest entry for Athens, as it receives airplay from this week on the station РУССКОЕ РАДИО (Russian Radio).
The Moscow-based station has been airing the track, entitled Так устроен этот мир in Russian, just after Dima finishes the promotion for his new album Time is a river. Both the Russian track and the original English version, as sung in Athens, are included on the new album, which was launched at a lavish event last month.
Russian vs. English
Russian singers have almost universally sung in English at the Eurovision Song Contest following the reintroduction of the free language rule in 1999. The exception was (perhaps unusually) the internationally established pop act t.A.T.u. . Although used to releasing hits across Europe in English, the girls chose to sing their 2003 entry Ne ver', ne boisya in Russian.