17 November 2016, 15:31
Renowned Russian film director believes Russia needs moral censorship
Moscow, November 17, Interfax - Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Culture Stanislav Govorukhin expressed an opinion that though there is no censorship in Russia, certain moral restrictions in art are necessary.
"Certainly, no. Even there is no hint of it," Govorukhin said in his interview with Rossiya-24 TV (VGTRK), answering the question if there is censorship in art in Russia.
"There is no state where there is no moral censorship. Usually it is society, church and other institutes. But we don't have even these things. We have the unique in the world Constitution which says that any censorship is banned," Govorukhin said.
He says he supports censorship. "I believe that moral restrictions are the essence of freedom in society," Govorukhin said.
Answering the question where the moral line goes that cannot be violated and who can define it, Govorukhin said: "Here is the trap. If we knew who would decide it, I would say that we need to introduce certain moral restrictions as a person is defenseless before attacks of banality and filth poured from screens in cinemas and stages in theaters."
According to Govorukhin, it is difficult to envisage all possible situations in legislation. "For example, no obscenities were pronounced, but a person unbuttons his pants and pisses on avant scene. It cannot be written in the legislation! There should be certain moral restrictions," the MP noted.
"For 15 years since 2000 the level of morality has significantly decreased and all restrictions were abandoned as it was declared that the state cannot interfere in creative process. And it does not interfere and it is very bad," Govorukhin said.