What has already been banned in Russia in 2015
1. Opera “Tannhäuser” (Photo: RIA “Novosti”)
What happened: The Novosibirsk Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church was offended by the production of “Tannhäuser” at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater.
The reason for the ban: Insulting the feelings of believers.
What is now: The director of the play Timofey Kulyabin and the director of the theater Boris Mezdrich brought an administrative case for deliberately publicly insulting the feelings of believers. On March 10, a trial took place: cultural figures were acquitted. Nevertheless, the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky announced the dismissal of Mezdrich and the exclusion of opera from the repertoire.
What happened: In April, a February video was found on the Internet with schoolgirls twerking at the reporting concert of the Credo dance school in Orenburg. Most of the users who viewed it recognized the dance to be unacceptable and encouraged Mizulin and Milonov to immediately deal with lawlessness.
The reasons for the ban: Depravity, excessive sexuality dance of minors, colors of costumes,reminiscent of St. George ribbon.
What is now: The Investigation Committee of Russia found signs of sexual abuse on the video. The prosecutor's office began to check the entire DK, where the dance school "Credo". The school was closed, after that there was a proposal to check in all schools of dance in the country for compliance with the standards of morality.
3. The film "Number 44" (Photo: Lionsgate / Summit)
What happened: The Hollywood film "Number 44", which tells how a Soviet intelligence officer investigates a series of murders, was removed from hire a day before the premiere.
The reason for the ban: Representatives of the Ministry of Culture, who saw the picture at the preliminary press show, considered that the film distorts the history of the Second World War.
What is now: The film was removed from the rental, and the distributors did not receive, allegedly, about 50 million rubles, which Number 44 could earn in Russia.
4. Figures of the fascists (Photo: vesti.ru)
What happened: During the opening of the updated “Central Children's Store” in Lubyanka, customers found soldiers of the Third Reich with fascist symbols in one of the stores.
The reason for the ban: Article 282 of the Criminal Code "Incitement of hatred or hostility, as well as the humiliation of human dignity."
What is now: Figures seized, the prosecutor's office opened a criminal case.
5. Colors of the Ukrainian flag (Photo: vk.com/vmeste_mir)
What happened: In August 2014, workers painted an overhead power line pylon on Nagornaya Street in blue and yellow. In October, the same story happened next to Pashkov's house — beds there were covered with blue and yellow sawdust.
The reason for the ban: On the instructions of the workers were supposed to paint the support in the company colors of the Moscow United Electric Grid Company - yellow, blue and white, but for some reason they decided to ignore white.
What now: Workers MOESK reprimanded and forced to correct the error. The florists detained the police, but in the department they explained the choice of flowers not by political motives, but by the fact that sawdust of only such flowers remained in stock.
6. Memes with famous people (Photo: Tass)
What happened: The Meshchansky Court of Moscow satisfied the claim of Roskomnadzor to the comic encyclopedia "Lurkomorye" and demanded to remove the page with a photo of the singer Valery Syutkin, illustrating the memo "BBPE".
Why banned: The court ruled that the image of the singer is protected by the law "On personal data."
What is now: The case of Syutkin became the first precedent of a lawsuit because of an Internet meme. According to the official position of Roskomnadzor, violation of the law on personal data with regard to public persons implies “using a photo of a public person as the personification of a popular Internet meme that does not relate to a celebrity person”. Sites where such content will still appear are going to start sending a request to remove illegal information, and if this does not happen, Roskomnadzor will file a lawsuit. In turn, Syutkin said he plans to file another lawsuit on his own - on the protection of honor and dignity. In case of victory in court, Syutkin is going to send the money received in compensation to charity. Meanwhile, the picture is still on the encyclopedia website.
7. Porn sites
What happened: The Prosecutor’s Office of the Apastovsky District of Tatarstan demanded to limit access to 136 sites with pornography, and they were discovered almost by accident - when the prosecutor’s office entered the search queries “prostitutes of Kazan” and “porn videos” in Yandex.The found sites were reviewed by the Tatarkino expert commission, and it also found pornographic materials.
Why banned: The Prosecutor's Office referred to the documents of international conventions on the prevention of the spread of pornography of 1923 and 1910, signed by the USSR and Tsarist Russia.
What is now: The court upheld the claim of the prosecutor's office and demanded that resources be added to the register of Internet pages with prohibited information, access to which should be restricted.
8. The disclosure of the causes of suicide
What happened: A letter from Roskomnadzor came to the editorial office of Orthodoxy and Peace with a message about the prohibition to indicate the reasons for suicide in the materials.
The reason for the ban: News note "In Moscow, two cancer patients committed suicide." Roskomnadzor referred to the law of 2012, according to which the media is prohibited to publish calls for suicide and a description of ways. On the publication of the causes of suicide in the text of the law says nothing.
What is now: "Orthodoxy and the world" edited the news.
9. "Mr. Muskul"
What happened: Rospotrebnadzor has banned the import of household chemicals “Toilet duckling”, Kiwi shoe polish, Glade air freshener, Raid cockroach products and Mr. Muscle cleaner.
The reason for the ban: Aggravated relations with Ukraine.
What now: All the loudest bans on Ukrainian goods and raw materials occurred last year. Prohibited, in particular, the importation of cheeses, vegetables, fruits, juices, sweets, liquor and pigs. Mr. Muskul and Kiwi cream can still be bought, but these are most likely the remnants of the last legally imported party.
10. Group Cannibal Corpse
What happened: Orthodox activists tore off several concerts of the Cannibal Corpse det-metal band. In Ufa, activists even sued the musicians.
The reason for the ban: the Oktyabrsky District Court of Ufa ruled that the songs of the group "contain descriptions of scenes of cruelty, physical and mental violence against people and animals, suicides, which contradicts the legislation of the Russian Federation."
What is now: The lyrics of Cannibal Corpse are officially banned for performance on the territory of the Russian Federation, as are the performances of the band itself.
11. Exhibition in Yekaterinburg (Photo: Press Service of the “House of Metenkov”)
What happened: In the Yekaterinburg museum, the House of Metenkov banned the exhibition of military photographs Triumph and Tragedy: Allies in World War II.
The reason for the ban: According to one information, the exhibition was canceled under pressure from the FSB of the Russian Federation,which did not like that with the organization of the event helped the consulates of the USA and the UK. The mayor of Yekaterinburg, Yevgeny Roizman, in turn, said that the exhibition was torn down “after a call from Moscow,” which, however, does not exclude the first version.
What is now: Photos from the exhibition have published several online resources: for example, “Medusa” and “Novaya Gazeta”.
What happened: In March of this year, the Tretyakov Gallery banned shooting in the museum using monopods for selfie
The reason for the ban: Worldwide experience: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the London National Gallery, Stedelik in Amsterdam, the Versailles Museum and other major museums in the world since the beginning of this year have made self-sticks to the list of prohibited items for use in the museum.
What is now: The ban has been in effect for a month. The chief curator of the Tretyakov museum's museum objects, Tatyana Gorodkova, explains that people with monopods for self-unfolding turn their backs on the exhibit and can cause harm to them or others.