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Russia: Censorship Law Threatens Children's Classics

After news that Russian television will soon be forced to curtail showings of a classic children’s cartoon “Nu, Pogodi!” [wiki] (the Soviet version of Tom & Jerry but with wolf and bunny instead of cat and mouse) because it is too violent for a new law protecting children from the media, bloggers wonder [ru] what other [ru] cartoons may be affected. Some amusing forecasts include [ru] censorship of Winnie the Pooh for vagrancy and theft, and H. C. Andersen’s Snow Queen for kidnapping. Apparently, some scenes being removed [ru] from “Nu, Pogodi!” are ones where the wolf character is smoking [YouTube].

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