MOSCOW, April 12 (RIA Novosti) – Books containing swearwords should be sold in plain covers displaying warnings, just like pornography, the head of the Russian parliament’s committee on culture said on Friday.
“We should consider selling such literature in cellophane covers like pornographic publications, with the warning: Caution – uncensored language,” Stanislav Govorukhin, a film director and member of the ruling United Russia party told the State Duma.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on Monday on a law making the use of obscene language by media outlets punishable by fines.
The law sets fines of up to $6,300 for media outlets allowing the use of swearwords and fines of around $100 for individuals, with provisions for the confiscation of equipment.
The law, which also applies to Internet-only media, was previously approved by both houses of parliament.
The decision on what exactly constitutes a swearword or obscene language will be taken by linguistics experts, the Kremlin said.