Russia: Swearing in films banned by lower house

The Russian parliament’s lower house has passed a bill that bans swearing from films, music and other works of art, it’s been reported.

The measure would impose fines for swearing in films, plays, concerts and shows, the Itar-Tass news agency reports. In addition, members of the public could face penalties of up to 2,500 roubles (£42; $70) for swearing in public and officials would have to pay double.

The bill says a panel of experts will decide exactly what counts as a swear word. If the measure is approved by the upper house, it will be signed into law by President Vladimir Putin and take effect on 1 July 2014.

Earlier, the private TVC channel caused a stir by beeping out a word in the classic 1979 Soviet film Garage. The word “hrenovina” – a colourful expression for nonsense – was deemed too offensive for broadcast. But the film’s director, Eldar Ryazanov, called the censorship “an act of idiocy”.

‘Ve vill be talkink polite in poobleek in Rrrussia, yes?’ 😉

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3 thoughts on “Russia: Swearing in films banned by lower house

  1. Reblogged this on Patriactionary and commented:

    I think it’s great that in Putin’s Russia, government can still at least try to pass legislation of this kind, and in fact has the moral courage to attempt to do so; without fear of ridicule or retribution. Would that Anglosphere politicians weren’t so gutless or fearful as they are, and were instead more like Russia’s… Go Putin!

  2. This is great news, not just from a standpoint of keeping the filth and depravity out of our children’s minds, but as a moral victory for Russia as a whole. While the West seeks to expand the ever-increasing amounts of softcore pornography and graphic violence on screen, Russia again proves itself to be a stalwart of traditional lifeways.

    Godspeed Mr. Putin!

    • Exactly!

      This is indeed why I like Vladimir Putin. He may not be perfect – he has personal life problems of his own (divorce), and Russia has its problems with Mafiosi and other negatives; but, they’re trying. They’re holding the line on ‘gay rights’. They’re arresting Pussy Riot and Femen types. And the mood is in favour of increasing decency, hence this legislation.

      Go, Putin!

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