Thursday, November 09, 2006

Russia Bans "Borat"

From Variety:

MOSCOW — "Borat" may be breaking B.O. records in the U.S. — and its prospects for release in Kazakhstan were always close to nil — but the Russian authorities went further than expected when they banned release of the pic Wednesday.

Decision was taken by territory's Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography — and is likely the first time that a non-pornographic movie has been banned. Plenty of hard-core porn movies succeed in being licensed by the agency.

"The film contains material that some viewers may consider offensive to certain nationalities and religions," Yury Vasyuchkov of the licensing body was quoted in local press.

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