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Russia attempts to ban swearing in general

Russia Bans Swearing: Another Attack On Free Speech?

Russia is reportedly banning swearing.

According to BBC, last month, the Russian parliament passed a bill banning profanity from films, music and other public displays of art or "cultural events."

And on Monday, Vladimir Putin signed off on the new law. When it goes into effect July 1, CNN reports:

– Movies with profanity won't be distributed

– Copies of books, CDs and movies containing swearing will only be sold in explicitly labeled sealed packages

– People caught swearing in public will be fined up to $70 (U.S.)

– Businesses will be fined as much as $1,400 and face months-long suspensions

– Public officials only face a $40 fine

Just what counts as profanity will be determined by a "panel of experts," and the definition of what counts as a "public display" is pretty broad.

Complex argues the law's loose language could be used to limit even broad expressions of public speech.

The Wall Street Journal reports the law is made to look like a push to clean up Russia's image and make everything more family-friendly.

But observers say in reality, it's part of the country's continued attack on freedom of speech - the new restrictions equate bloggers with mainstream media, and they face the same hefty fines.

The question on everyone's mind: Is this really enforceable?

"It's not like the Kremlin has ever fined newspapers for reporting on a gay person ('gay propaganda'), blocked entire social media networks for protest ('extremist') information, put people in jail for dancing in a church ('hooliganism with the intent to incite religious hatred') or tried to bring 'blasphemy' back."

Oh wait, it has done all of those things.

This new law comes about a year after the country passed a similar one that fines media outlets for using "vulgarities." Back then, RT's Tim Kirby had to ask, just what exactly is this accomplishing?

Kirby is quoted as saying, "So the government is basically saying if some guy on TV guns down 20 people with blood and limbs flying, that that is totally OK for television ... unless they, God forbid, swear while doing it."

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redband May 07 2014 at 12:44 AM

Has Putin lost what he had left of his mind?

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EfinTwistedT redband May 07 2014 at 10:25 AM

did he ever even have a mind?
or is he trained in what to say?

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vigoddess May 06 2014 at 10:46 PM

Wait until Putin, who is following Hitler's footsteps, has a law passed
that children can report their parents if they say anything against
the government. It was Hitler's youth movement that nurtured
making it okay to spy on your own family, neighbors and friends.
That's all we need. It's enough we have the NSA and the IInternet
in our daily lives.
Once a little dictator starts banning anything like the Czar did, these
guys will need more than pieces of black sweater to cover their
faces as the next ban will have them shooting their own wives or
mother for burning the blintzes.

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astronauty vigoddess May 07 2014 at 12:44 AM

They already exist and are called "the Young Pioneers". This is interesting. So much porn pours out of Russia it is amazing. Is this "profane"?
This is more about control now isn't it? Russians, do you really see what is going on?

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veronikanglosky vigoddess May 07 2014 at 1:29 AM

I wonder how much you know about Hitler.. It sounds like you are very familiar with his work.. I wonder why.. maybe somebody should check you out..

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toneitup May 06 2014 at 10:37 PM

No one wants to hear swearing when your invading a next door country? Clean it up as your shooting down children.

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LewTag May 06 2014 at 10:32 PM

Good for them...personally I dropped out of US entertainment when the F words became tolerated...take me back to the good old days...profanity should have no place in polite society...but then who said society is polite any more...same goes for all the bloody violence also.....take a look at the old movies on Turner Classics to see what I mean...

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richardferris LewTag May 06 2014 at 11:01 PM

It's not good for them. It's an infringement of freedom of speech, which is a dangerous, slippery slope. You may not like hearing profanity, but no one should have the right to ban it.

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EfinTwistedT richardferris May 07 2014 at 10:37 AM

that's right !
the people tolerated the BS they had to take from their govt
why shouldn't the govt tolerate its people's civil rights?

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Planckrider May 06 2014 at 10:30 PM

Russians can't breathe without 'swearing' . . .

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zzyxx May 06 2014 at 10:29 PM

holy s*@# batman....this country is becoming more civilized than we are.

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richardferris zzyxx May 06 2014 at 11:02 PM

If by "civilized", you mean an autocratic, totalitarian regime, then sure.

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BlahBlahBlah richardferris May 06 2014 at 11:08 PM


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EfinTwistedT zzyxx May 07 2014 at 10:38 AM

i think you mean controlled.

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mlaurel58 May 06 2014 at 10:27 PM

What is next...littering, loitering, and spitting on the street?

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EfinTwistedT mlaurel58 May 07 2014 at 10:39 AM

any and everything to keep the pions distracted and in line. yep

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Mark May 06 2014 at 10:26 PM

Putin - Russian word for A$$hole.

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thejrd May 06 2014 at 10:24 PM

A throw back to the pre 1960's in the USA when respect, family values and the fear of God was taught.

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EfinTwistedT thejrd May 07 2014 at 10:40 AM

i doubt it.

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harryd527 May 06 2014 at 10:11 PM

Profanity is used by people with small minds.Let's make it illegal here too.

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richardferris harryd527 May 06 2014 at 11:07 PM

Small mindedness is marked by broad, unfounded generalizations. Profanity can have a specific impact from time to time as long as one's speech isn't littered with it. Making it illegal is a moronic idea. Freedom of speech, while it may not be without restriction (such as yelling "bomb" in a public place) is a basic, fundamental right. The moment you ban profanity simply because thin skinned people are easily offended, you open the door for more bans and then we start becoming even more of a totalitarian state. It's a slippery slope that has unforseen consequences. Be careful what you wish for.

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EfinTwistedT harryd527 May 07 2014 at 10:46 AM

profanity is so casually used that ALL people use it when they stub a toe!
please get over yourself.
thank you ; )

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