Any films that contain scenes which "posing a threat to national unity and undermining the foundations of the constitutional order” might be denied distribution licenses.
According to the Russian news agency Interfax, the bylaw is ready to be reviewed and approved by other government agencies. Once the regulations will get into force, any films that contain scenes which "posing a threat to national unity and undermining the foundations of the constitutional order” might be denied distribution licenses and, as a result, will be banned from the theatres.
Industry professionals have already expressed their concerns. Andrey Proshkin, the president of the Film Union, said that new rules will allow the government to decide which films will be screened: “Recently two films have already been banned because of the use of curse language. This new regulation will lead to more bans. ”
“Leviathan”, the recent Golden Globe winner, may fall under the new regulations. The Association of the Orthodox Experts is working on a petition for the Ministry of Culture asking to deny this film its distribution licenses. The activists believe that the film slanders the Russian Orthodox Church and openly criticizes the Russian government, and can’t be screened in the theatres across Russia.
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