I think it’s great that in Putin’s Russia, government can still at least try to pass legislation of this kind, and in fact has the moral courage to attempt to do so; without fear of ridicule or retribution. Would that Anglosphere politicians weren’t so gutless or fearful as they are, and were instead more like Russia’s… Go Putin!
The measure would impose fines for swearing in films, plays, concerts and shows, the Itar-Tass news agency reports. In addition, members of the public could face penalties of up to 2,500 roubles (£42; $70) for swearing in public and officials would have to pay double.
The bill says a panel of experts will decide exactly what counts as a swear word. If the measure is approved by the upper house, it will be signed into law by President Vladimir Putin and take effect on 1 July 2014.
Earlier, the private TVC channel caused a stir by beeping out a word in the classic 1979 Soviet film Garage. The word “hrenovina” – a colourful expression for nonsense – was deemed too offensive for broadcast. But the film’s…
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