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Putin Signs Law Banning Curse Words in Arts and Media

Russia's president Vladimir Putin at a meeting with representatives of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia in Moscow on May 1, 2014.
Russia's president Vladimir Putin at a meeting with representatives of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia in Moscow on May 1, 2014. Nikolsky Alexei—ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis

A new law in Russia will levy steep fines, as high as $1,400 for organizations and $70 for individual offenders, against potty-mouthed reporters, writers and artists. Repeat offenders could face steeper fines and a 3-month suspension of business

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday that will ban swearing in films, music and public performances.

Explicit books and CDs will have to be sold in sealed packages with a warning that reads “contains obscene language,” CNN reports.

The law will levy fines as high as $1,400 against organizations and $70 against individual offenders. Repeat offenders could face steeper fines and a 3-month suspension of business.

A panel of obscenity experts will define the finer points of the law, deciding which words could damage the Kremlin’s stated goal of “protecting and developing language culture.”

[CNN]

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