The filthy names of allegedly porn-free films have become the last straw that broke the backs of officials from Russia’s Ministry of Culture.
The controversial list of “licensed” films, including such flicks as “Alice in Porn Wonderland” or “The Postman Always Comes Twice,” was first revealed by Russian bloggers who found the shocking items on the newly-published movies database of the Culture Ministry.
Surprisingly, the films boasting such explicit titles turned out to be “approved for all audiences.”
Soon after the Internet buzz, the database was closed, but the Prosecutor’s Office had already gotten interested in the case and launched an investigation.
What officials discovered was indeed interesting: Apart from issuing licenses for pornographic movies, the Ministry of Culture was voting yes to the release of films promoting drug abuse and instructing viewers on the best ways to get high, reported the RIA-Novosti news agency.
In response to the public outrage, the Prosecutor’s Office obliged the Ministry of Culture to withdraw the licenses for such movies and to tighten the procedures for licensing.
In July 2010, the Ministry of Culture forbade the distribution of movies that use sexually explicit language in their titles, a ban that turned out to be ineffective.
The State Duma, meanwhile, is working on a law that will at last draw a bold line between acceptable erotica and banned pornography. So far, 10 years of discussions have not born any fruits.
“It's useless trying to fight pornography,” Aleksandr Malenkov, editor-in-chief of Maxim magazine, told RT. “It's a giant industry and there's huge demand, so there needs to be control, not a ban. We need to make sure that these films aren't seen by the wrong people.”