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Putin has banned the F-word from Russian films and plays

All offenders will have to throw money into a massive swear jar. Kind of.

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin has outlawed swearing in films, TV shows, plays and the media.

The law will come into effect on 1 July, after which offenders will face fines of up to 50,000 roubles (€1013) for organisations or 2,500 (€50) for individuals.

Books containing swear words will have to have warnings printed on the covers.

A similar measure was introduced in April 2013, banning swearing in the media. This measure included a list of four specific words (including the F-word) that were deemed to be curse words.

It is not yet known if specific words will be targeted under this new law.

The Moscow Times reports that the law will be limited to pop culture, and will not apply to art.

A spokesperson for the Culture Ministry said:

It will be up to the artistic director to decide what to do with swearing, whether to break the new law or not… we will not interfere in the process.

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