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Ukraine outlaws many Russian-produced police shows and films

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By Euronews
Ukraine outlaws many Russian-produced police shows and films

<p>A new Ukrainian law bans films and TV shows made after the end of the Soviet Union which glorify Russian police and armed forces.</p> <p>The legislation, signed into force by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, is the latest in a series of measures put in place to curb Russian propaganda in the country.</p> <p>Media expert Kateryna Myasnikova explained to euronews that the law also covers all films produced by a person or organisation from the “aggressor state” since January 1, 2014. “In this case the ban may be considered an economic sanction.”</p> <p>Attempts were made in Kyiv’s parliament to to challenge the new law but it was approved and the screening of the Russian films and serials are now banned.</p> <p>“If we want join the EU and if we’re trying to build up democracy, we should avoid any censorship, discrimination or restrictions,” said a man in Kyiv, “but at this time, when these movies and TV-series are the part of propaganda, it’s better to ban them.”</p> <p>The new law means that films such as award-winning Leviathan will no longer get a look-in in Ukraine.</p>