Putin Embraces Conservatism With Cursing Ban in Movies, Theater

May 6, 2014 8:22 PM

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President Vladimir Putin, cast in Russia as a defender of conservative values, is imposing a ban on swearing in Russian movies, music and books, seeking to suppress a form of profanity-laden slang known as “mat.”

Putin yesterday signed a law introducing fines of up to 2,500 rubles ($70) for individuals and $1,400 for organizations for cursing in public performances, including on television and in theater. Copies of books, CDs and movies containing swear words will carry warning labels, while new productions ...

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