Rude awakening: Russia bans cursing in movies, books and music
President Vladimir Putin signed a law prohibiting the use of curses in the arts and media.
Russians were given a rude awakening earlier this week when President Vladimir Putin signed a law prohibiting the use of curses in the arts and media.
According to local media, the law will come into effect on July 1 and targets public performances, including cinema, theater and other forms of art.
Violators of the law could face steep fines.
According to The Moscow Times, individuals caught swearing in films, plays and concerts will incur penalties of up to $70 (2,500 Russian Roubles). Companies and organizations could incur penalties of up to $1,400 for flaunting the law.
The local daily said the move had been met with both criticism and shock, “as swearing has been a vital component of Russian art.”
It quoted Russia’s Culture Ministry as saying the measures would only concern “mass culture and will not concern art."