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It appears that Russian president Putin is trying to replace democracy with a Christian Republic. He figures it is now time to clean up the airwaves.
Putin on Monday signed legislation that bans outright the use of swear words in films, stage performances and media, prompting a storm of criticism from leading arts figures who called the law unworkable and overly draconian.
The language law comes as part of a broader crackdown on independent media and popular bloggers, apparently aimed at muzzling political debate.
(Perhaps political commentators are used to using obscenities, so this law will seriously hamper their ability to “debate” politics!)
The government media watchdog on Tuesday vowed to "strengthen monitoring of the observance of norms and demands of the law banning the use of obscenities in media".
"Work on rooting out this form of transgression will be carried out as a priority," the watchdog said.
Mainstream Russian media rarely uses obscenities, still seen as shocking. But commentators on online media often use swear words, raising the possibility that this could trigger a ban.
"This will be a real headache for editors because of having to clean up comments on websites," the editor of Moi Raion freesheet, Alexei Sinelnikov, told Izvestia daily….
"Russian life is becoming more and more hypocritical, insincere and prudish," award-winning theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov wrote on Facebook, saying swear words had been declared "enemies of the people."
(Anything that people do to raise moral standards is considered “hypocritical” and “prudish.” That has been the official line for a long time in the attempt to bring us all down to the level of the animals, in accordance with the principles of evolution.)