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Romania Bans Russian Films in Cinema

Romania banned Russian movies in cinemas across the country. The decision is based on the fact that Russia is an aggressor in Ukraine, according to the Romanian Minister of Culture.

Romania decides by itself how it manages its policies in the field. The propaganda of the aggressor states has no place in public cultural institutions. It is regrettable that the equal sign is put between the recognized Russian culture and the international propaganda films financed by the Russian government.

It is unacceptable that such cinematographic productions, obviously propagandistic, financed by the Russian state, in the context of the war started by Russia in Ukraine, benefit from broadcasting spaces in public cinemas.

The two international propaganda films will not be shown in the cinemas of the Ministry of Culture.

Raluca Turcan, Romania’s Minister of Culture

Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused Romania of “wanting to cancel Russian culture by banning Russian films.”

The Romanian National Film Archive, for political reasons, broke the cinema rental contracts with our embassy in Bucharest, which, as part of an educational campaign, provided for the private screening of Russian films “Vremea Pervîh (First in Space) ” and “Vîzov (Challenge). This fits into the general picture of the actions of the West, which seeks to impose comprehensive censorship in the fight against dissent,

Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Previously, the Russian Center in Romania announced a project dedicated to Cosmonautics Day by inviting Romanians to watch the two movies.

This gesture is considered to be the first hostile act in the cultural war Romania started against Russia following the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.

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