Borat banned in Russia
A government agency said it would refuse to grant permission for Sacha Baron Cohen's controversial comedy "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" to be shown in theaters in neighboring Russia.
The Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography said the film could offend some viewers and contained material that "might seem disparaging in relation to certain ethnic groups and religions," according to Vadim Ivanov, theatrical sales director at Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S.
"Borat" was the top movie in the United States in its debut last weekend, pulling in $26.5 million.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,'' is one of the first non- pornographic movies Russia has banned since the collapse of the Soviet Union 15 years ago, the Times said.