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It's a ban for theater runs, DVDs should be available.

Unfortunately, Russia decided to copy European laws limiting freedom of speech in cases of real or perceived extremism and racial hatred. Personally, I think that US gets the issue right with rather a high standard in such cases. Russia is choosing very restrictive European interpretation and there is little experience with interpretation which leads to cases when say an editor was fined for publication of Danish cartoons (later overturned in higher court).

Specifically, my understanding is reasoning here is that Khazakhstan is a neighbor and Khazakhs are living in Russia and film can be seen as disparaging to Khazakhs, so it is seen appropriate to have DVD-only distribution.

by blackhawk on Fri Nov 10th, 2006 at 07:17:03 AM EST
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