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[Movies] Five Russian Movie Theater Chains Fined For Showing The Wolf of Wall Street
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.08.2014

The Moscow Times reports that five movie theater chains in Russia have been fined 4 million rubles ($113,328) for showing The Wolf of Wall Street. The central court of Novosibirsk ruled that the film contains propaganda for narcotics use. The Novosibirsk branch of the Federal Service for Narcotics Control (FSNC) had a case against six companies with a total of ten movie theaters for showing the film. They said the film "reflected a subculture of drug abusers" and promoted drug use.

Viktor Ivanov, director of the FSNC, said the order didn't come from him and no cases have been made against theaters showing the film outside of Novosibirsk. The Novosibirsk Regional Court sided with the local branch of the FSNC and ruled the theates chains were guilty under the law banning the "propagandization or idealization of narcotics use."

The theater chains say that the FSNC has no basis for their claims since the film was approved by the Culture Ministry. Yelena Dmitriyeva, director of the Kinositi chain, said: "The Culture Ministry bears responsibility for the content of the film."

Kinoalliance (a nonprofit organization that lobbys for theater chains in Russia) said it will support the chains in this appealing this case. Mikhail Shvydko, special representative of the president for culture cooperation, added: "Unfortunately, the current law code is so confused and contradictory that pretty much anything could fall under any kind of criminal punishment."

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a drug-used stockbroker who makes a lot of money using illegal means before he is caught and put in prison. It was released last December and earned over $389 million worldwide. The film has been banned in Malaysia, Nepal and Kenya because of the gratuitous amounts of sex, drugs and curse words. Scenes were removed from the Indian version and Singapore only let the film be shown in a limited amount of theaters. As far as the US goes, animal rights activists claimed the use of apes was "cruel and traumatic."


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