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RUSSIAN MOVIE BANNED IN WAKE OF NEW OBSCENITY LAW

July 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Russia’s new anti-obscenity law has claimed its first movie victim, Valeria Gai Germanika’s Yes and Yes, which was to have been screened at a film festival in Vologda tonight (Monday). Britain’s Screen Daily reported that because of the movie’s "extensive use of swear words," the producers were unable to obtain a distribution certificate for it. Screen said that a three-day limited release in five Moscow theaters between June 28 and 30, before the law went into effect, produced $29,000 in ticket sales. The law, which bans "foul language," went into effect the following day. Although its proponents claim that it was intended to protect "linguistic culture," critics say that it revives Soviet-era censorship.