After the initiative to mark the actors who condemned the war with the caption “traitor”, the State Duma went even further: now it is proposed to cut scenes with them from films. This idea was put forward by a member of the lower house committee on culture, Sergei Solovyov, reports “Moscow speaking”.
However, he believes that the final decision should remain with the citizens of the country. “It is necessary to introduce the practice of cutting out the words and episodes of traitorous actors from films after conducting a survey and public discussion. <…> My personal opinion on this issue: yes, it is necessary,” the deputy said.
At the same time, Solovyov noted that it was necessary to remove scenes with artists criticizing the war in such a way that “the quality and content of films should not be drastically reduced.” In what form and how to implement it technically, “experts and specialists in this field” should come up with.
Earlier, the State Duma proposed introducing labeling for actors who publicly spoke out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “The Ministry of Culture should introduce a new norm – a warning about betrayal in the credits of visual works,” said Dmitry Gusev, first deputy chairman of the control committee.
He explained that such an idea arose after watching an interview with actor Artur Smolyaninov, who said that he was indifferent to the fate of Russia, and he would take a hypothetical participation in hostilities only on the side of Ukraine. On January 13, the Ministry of Justice entered Smolyaninov into the register of “foreign agents”. Also, the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to open a criminal case against him.
Recently from the Moscow Art Theatre. Chekhov was fired by actor Dmitry Nazarov along with his wife, Honored Artist of Russia Olga Vasilyeva. It was reported that the decision was made by artistic director Konstantin Khabensky because of the public anti-war statements of the actor. Nazarov served in this theater for over 20 years.
At the end of August, propagandist and filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov proposed to ban the screening of films starring actors who condemned the war. He stated that those who left Russia in opposition to the invasion of Ukraine showed “ungratefulness” to their country “which made them popular.”
The deputies also proposed cutting off funding from filmmakers if “at least one person” included in the creative composition of the group was brought to administrative or criminal liability for “discrediting” the army or calling for sanctions. The relevant law was submitted to the State Duma in September.