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Georgian Minister of Culture: we did not ban Russian songs2011-02-07 19:32
Minister of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia Nikoloz Rurua stated that rumours about the authorities' ban on performing Russian songs in the country's restaurants do not correspond to facts.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"That's total nonsense. How can one choose a song to sing on language grounds in a free country? This must be some myth. Neither does the law provide any bans here. But if you are interested in my opinion, I would be glad to avoid listening to the "Victory Day" on May 9", - Rurua is cited by Rosbalt.
Let us remind you of the earlier reports about the owners of the Georgian restaurants in Tbilisi being ordered to prohibit the performance of Russian songs there. The information was published by Alia Georgian newspaper. According to the periodical, such order was given to the owners of the city restaurants by Head of Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance Georgy Tskhakaya.
It is underlined that in case the order is not fulfilled, the owners of the entertainment facilities will be punished - up to the dismissal of the delinquent and closing the restaurant. Besides, it was specially underlined by Service Revenue of the Georgian Ministry of Finance that the information should be kept a secret. "No one must know - neither clients, nor employees; you may tell them anything you like and give them any explanations but if you try to perform a Russian song you will be visited by tax service that will handle your business", - the periodical is citing Georgy Tskhakaya.
Since recently, films in Russian have also been prohibited in Georgia. Since 1 January 2011, movies should be screened by cinemas either in original with subtitles, or be translated in Georgian. The same conditions extend to the Georgian television.