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Russia launches swearing ban; books, films, plays risk fine
Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Alessandra Prentice

Posted on 07/02/2014 8:46:27 AM PDT by wetphoenix

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian ban on swearing in films, plays and books came into force on Tuesday, a policy designed to appeal to conservatives but which Vladimir Putin's critics condemned as a further move against free speech.

Under the legislation that was passed in May, films containing "foul language" will be banned from wide release and books with swear words will have to be sold in sealed packages with obscenity warnings.

Theaters will not be allowed to stage productions containing obscenities according to the law, which imposes fines of up to 50,000 rubles ($1,500) for each infraction.

Russian media have reported that software known as the "swear-bot" will be used to police cursing on the Internet.

The law is meant to ensure "the protection and development of linguistic culture," according to a statement on the Kremlin's website. But critics say it is reminiscent of Soviet-era censorship and will suppress free expression.

Putin has struck a conservative tone in his latest presidential term, praising what he calls traditional values and holding up the Russian Orthodox Church as a moral authority.

Last month, newspaper Izvestiya said communications watchdog Roskomnadzor planned to use a search program to root out rude words in online articles and comments attached to them.

The 25 million-rouble ($729,500) system will search the 5,000 mass media sites that are already monitored manually, the report said.

The "swear-bot" faces a huge task as Russian is known for the breadth and inventiveness of its obscene vocabulary.

A dictionary of Russian swear words lists over 1,200 different phrases that use a single slang term for "penis".

Russian novelist Fyodr Dostoevsky wrote in the 19th century: "It's possible to express all thoughts, feelings and even deep analytical thoughts just by saying this one noun."

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1 posted on 07/02/2014 8:46:27 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: wetphoenix
Что за хуй
2 posted on 07/02/2014 8:48:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: wetphoenix

wtf?


3 posted on 07/02/2014 8:49:03 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: wetphoenix

Isn’t communism beautiful ???


4 posted on 07/02/2014 8:49:57 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: wetphoenix
I wish we had an option to delete curse words, negative uses of God and Jesus from movies and tv shows.

It use to take talent to be able to write a comedy or drama without these as a crutch.

I think about Casablanca, Citzen Kane, all of the old greats without any of these.

5 posted on 07/02/2014 8:50:27 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: wetphoenix

A nationwide swearword jar. Yeah, that’s gonna work.


6 posted on 07/02/2014 8:50:55 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: wetphoenix

Good for Russia. They appear to be trying to climb out of a cess pool. While America is wallowing around deeper and deeper.

At one time We had The Hays Code. But aren’t we so much better off now that we can gratuitously curse and swear at will?


7 posted on 07/02/2014 8:51:50 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: wetphoenix

The Putin apologists and/or Big Government lovers will be along shortly to explain why putting Government in charge of what one says or hears is actually a positive thing.


8 posted on 07/02/2014 8:54:24 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: Responsibility2nd
good for Russia

I agree. Language to a great degree determines the quality of a culture and civilization. Look what trash-talk has done to ours.

9 posted on 07/02/2014 8:57:44 AM PDT by grania
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To: EagleUSA

It is less restrictive in many ways than the speech codes in place in the USA.


10 posted on 07/02/2014 8:59:18 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: gdani

I couldn’t agree more. The “FRee”Republic Putinistas who admire Putin’s theocratic and totalitarian overreach will be telling us that at least he supports God and country. It’s as if they’re unable to see that he couldn’t give two hoots about religion or freedom as long as he can be in charge.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 9:01:50 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: dfwgator

A translation, please so long as it won’t get you banned or suspended.

CC


12 posted on 07/02/2014 9:02:04 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: dfwgator

What you said....


13 posted on 07/02/2014 9:02:48 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: grania
when one looks at the refuse that now inhabits the Whitehouse its all too painfully clear what the desensitization of trash culture....has brought us.
14 posted on 07/02/2014 9:04:23 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: wetphoenix

Importantly, swearing is part of the “broken window theory” of social behavior. That is, if a building in a part of town has a broken window that is not promptly fixed, it creates the impression that the area is run down.

Swearing is the same way. It creates the impression that the people of an area are lower class. And when used in media, it “defines deviancy down”, and encourages repetition among its audience.


15 posted on 07/02/2014 9:14:07 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: wetphoenix

It will never hold for very long. I know I’m profiling, but most Russian or Ukrainian I’ve met tend to be one extreme or the other, either they are profoundly emotional and loquacious or they keep a tight lid on any overt expression, positive or negative. They are like a forced marriage of the Italians and the Swedes.


16 posted on 07/02/2014 9:19:15 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: EagleUSA
So back when I was a kid in the 1950s, the US was a communist nation?

Permitting vomit to drool off of every Internet, Television, and Movie, screen isn't a hallmark of a free nation, it's a hallmark of an immoral, degenerate, society sinking into the cesspool of hedonism due to a total lack of standards across the board.

Lenny Bruce in a smoky, dark, night club is one thing, but garbage for the sake of garbage is nothing but an extension of the pornography mindset into every other form of entertainment and discussion.

17 posted on 07/02/2014 9:45:22 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: wetphoenix
Russia is prompting and protecting civility and morality in their society. Its also sends fighter planes and pilots to Iraq to fight Christian killing Al Qaeda terrorists.

Obama and the sodomite EU sends money and arms to Christian killing Al Qaeda terrorists.

They also push this sort of thing on society -


18 posted on 07/02/2014 10:00:08 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Rashputin

Lenny Bruce was pretty tame by todays standards.


19 posted on 07/02/2014 10:00:35 AM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

“Fifty years ago the Soviet army occupied Austria. We made a mistake in freeing Austria. We should have stayed.” - Vladimir Zhironovsky.


20 posted on 07/02/2014 10:03:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: wetphoenix

The Dude might have to re-think those White Russians.

21 posted on 07/02/2014 10:15:22 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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22 posted on 07/02/2014 10:15:47 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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If only we had someone as nationalistic and outspoken in our Congress.


23 posted on 07/02/2014 10:23:25 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
You think one weirdo in the west is a good reason for you to support a tyrant in the east?
24 posted on 07/02/2014 10:33:34 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: elhombrelibre
You think one weirdo in the west

"One" weirdo? The West is bathed in the Gay Agenda.

And the only tyrants I'm concerned about are the ones in Washington, D.C., the District of Criminals, a.k.a. Mordor on the Potomac.

25 posted on 07/02/2014 10:56:02 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

You denounce the decadence of the west and then champion Putin. You’re as weird as the dude with the beard.


26 posted on 07/02/2014 11:20:24 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: wetphoenix

F You, Putin.

Go ahead and bill me for the fine, Vlad.


27 posted on 07/02/2014 3:30:58 PM PDT by AnAmericanInEngland
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