Like most Eastern European countries, Russia is a bit more conservative than the rest of Europe. And it looks like they are becoming a bit more strict at what people are streaming over there. The Moscow Times reported that he St. Petersburg’s Kolpinsky district court in Russia has banned a couple of anime from getting streamed on a couple of streaming sites. These anime are Death Note and Inuyashiki. The court also banned Death Note from another website, as well as Elfen Lied. All four titles have a reputation for being a bit too violent.
Kommersant reported that the reason that the Russian government banned these specific anime was because they did not adhere to age restrictions for the titles. Several experts who appeared in the hearing, as well as the prosecutors, have criticized these anime titles in general. The prosecution even described one of the anime as one which has “every episode contains cruelty, murder, [and] violence.”
The Kolpinsky district court’s Joint Press Service’s Telegram channel also listed that there are five requests to ban certain anime titles from streaming services in Russia. These include the titles mentioned above, as well as Naruto, Interspecies Reviewers, Aki Sora, and Terror in Resonance.
The The Kolpinsky district court’s Joint Press Service’s Telegram channel also listed that there are five requests to ban certain animMoscow Times’ report noted that the Kolpinsky district court’s ruling only banned the four titles mentioned above. Meanwhile, Kommersant reported that the “Roskomnadzor (The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media) has the authority to ban other links containing the same media in the future without the need for more legal proceedings.” They also noted that “an investigation regarding Aki Sora will be directed to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, to be reviewed for possibly violating Russian law.”
It is not clear whether these streaming sites are legal ones or just carry fansubs or are illegal streamers.
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