Russia puts the screws on cussing

2014-05-08 00:00

LOS ANGELES — If filmmakers are looking to release a gritty, expletive-laden crime drama in Russia, it may be hard getting past the country’s strict new law.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced this week that he has signed off on a ban on foul language across a wide array of media, including cinema, events, concerts, literature and theatre, according to Russia’s state-run news agency ITAR-Tass.

The controversial new law that bans foul language in all films is certainly one that could complicate international distribution. The law states that any film containing foul words will be denied a coveted distribution certificate.

And it won’t help to go rogue either: a film that screens in Russia without a certificate will be fined up to $2 793 (R29 000). Any film distributors caught a second time will be given a $5 586 (R59 000) fine and a three- month suspension.

The law affects home distribution as well. Any book, video or piece of music that contains explicit language will be sealed with a protective cover that warns Russian consumers of the package’s foul contents.

The new law comes on the heels of a wave of media censorship from the Russian government. The law will take effect on July 1.

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