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Hunter Killer...

The movie is banned in Russia and Ukraine over its plot about a kidnapped Russian president


Link Here 4th November 2018
Hunter Killer is a 2017 China / USA action thriller by Donovan Marsh.
Starring Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler and Michael Nyqvist. IMDb

An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.

Hollywood blockbuster Hunter Killer has been blocked from release in Russia just hours before its premiere.

Critics say the Kremlin banned it because it shows a Russian president being deposed and kidnapped in a coup before being rescued by American soldiers. Opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov suggested that the ministry could be blocking the movie for suggesting even a fictional possibility that a Russian President could be deposed. He commented on Facebook:

What are these bastards from Hollywood suggesting? That someday (Defence Minister Sergei) Shoigu... comes out quietly and tops Putin? That will not happen.

Moscow claimed the film's license was revoked because producers had not provided a good enough copy for its state archive.

The movie's troubles in Russia follow its mysterious failure to open in neighbouring Ukraine, with the distribution company telling AFP that the government is preventing the film from screening. (The state film committee) watched the film, it fell under some law and was banned, said a representative of Kinomania, a Ukrainian film distributor which in August announced the premiere of Hunter Killer on October 25.

Though there is no official explanation of the ban in Ukraine, reports have cited a Ukrainian law which bans films popularising a military of the aggressor state or creating a positive image of its employees.

 

 

Russia's red lines...

Google to be fined by Russia for defying censorship orders


Link Here 27th October 2018
Google is set to be fined in Russia for not complying with Russia's list of websites to censor.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian government's internet and media censor, accused Google of ignoring a law requiring search engines to block censored content. Roskomnadzor has recorded the fact of Google 's non-compliance with its duty to connect to the federal state 'information system'.

Google  is now subject to a fine of up to 700,000 rubles ($10,600).

Vadim Subbotin, Roskomnadzor deputy chief censor, said Google had three days to respond to its ruling,.

 

 

A birthday treat...

Russia's internet censor offers social media users the chance to be officially banned for a day


Link Here 16th October 2018
Full story: Internet Censorship in Russia...Russia restoring repressive state control of media
To celebrate the fourth year of its presence on Russia's most popular social media platform, the country's internet censor Roskomnadzor has offered users the honour of being censored for a day.

Posting on VKontakte, Roskomnadzor made light of its role in web censorship, which has included banning access to Wikipedia and instant messaging service Telegram saying:

Friends, only today and only to mark our anniversary, we are handing out one-day bans to anyone who wants them. You can then tell all of your friends that RKN [Roskomnadzor] itself has blocked you.

Social media users who responded with the hashtag #anu_v_ban, (roughly translated as let's ban you), will be banned.

 

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