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Russia bans foul language in arts and entertainment

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law Monday that would effectively ban all cursing at any arts, cultural, or entertainment event in the country. This includes all films, music, literature, and theater.

An independent examination will be used to determine what qualifies as profane or not. A film with any obscene language will not be granted a distribution certificate to be shown in movie theaters. However, books, CDs, and films can still be distributed under a sealed package labeled “Contains Obscene Language.” The law would come into effect July 1. Existing cultural and artistic works will not be affected in the ban. An individual caught using foul language may face a fine of up to $70, but businesses face more trouble with fines of nearly $1,400 and the potential for a higher fee and three-month suspension on repeat offenses.

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