Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest with Rise Like a Phoenix. Photo: AFP
Russia may be considering launching its own Eurovision contest in protest at Conchita Wurst's win, but that didn't stop the drag queen's song racing to the top of the iTunes singles chart in Russia.
Less than a year after Russian politicians introduced anti-gay propaganda laws, Wurst's Austrian Eurovision entry has become the nation's most downloaded song.
Wurst - the creation of Austrian performer Tom Neuwirth - won the contest with her song Rise Like the Phoenix and her success in Russia has disgusted many anti-gay ministers.
Politician Vitaly Milonov, who previously called for Russia to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest over Wurst's selection, raged: "The participation of the obvious transvestite and hermaphrodite Conchita Wurst on the same stage as Russian singers on live television is blatant propaganda of homosexuality and spiritual decay [sic]."
Meanwhile, Russian authorities proposed creating their own version of Eurovision after Wurst's win, with Communist Party deputy Valery Rashkin saying Russia must leave the competition.
"We cannot tolerate this endless madness," he said.
But it seems the Russian public disagreed with their officials.