Red Square ban for Tatu



Russian authorities have banned Tatu from filming their new video on Red Square in Moscow.

Several hundred fans - many dressed in the skimpy schoolgirl uniforms favoured by their heroes - turned up to act as extras in what was supposed to be the band's video for the Eurovision song contest. But instead, Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova, both 18, barely emerged from their trailer.

"It looks like Russia does not care for Tatu representing its country," said Ivan Shapovalov, Tatu's producer, after failing to persuade police to let the filming go ahead.

Tatu, whose skimpy outfits and flirtation with lesbianism made headlines around the world, had an international hit with All the Things She Said, and became the first Russian band to break through the British singles chart.

Shapovalov created Tatu in 1999 to be deliberately provocative and fill what he saw as a gap in the teenage band market.

Russia chose the duo to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest later this month in Riga, Latvia.