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Russian culture minister against total ban on Hollywood movies

December 16, 2014, 14:27 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A number of Russian officials and filmmakers earlier called for a partial or total ban on US-made movies in response to western sanctions against Russia
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MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. A total ban on American movies from Russian theatres would be a wrong decision, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said on Tuesday.

"Our film viewers must be given a choice," the minister said at a meeting with lawmakers in reply to a question whether the ministry was considering a partial or total ban on Hollywood films.

Medinsky also said that Russian filmmakers needed state support.

A number of Russian officials and filmmakers, including veteran directors Yury Kara and Stanislav Govorukhin, earlier called for a partial or total ban on US-made movies, which currently account for some 70% of the Russian film market, in response to western sanctions against Russia.

Meanwhile, Russian producers and theatre owners have warned the ban would lead to closures of movie theatres across Russia.

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