'Fifty Shades of Grey' Banned in Russia’s North Caucasus (Report)

Courtesy of Universal

The movie was pulled from theaters as contradicting "mentality and religion" of the region.

Fifty Shades of Grey will not be exhibited in Russia’s predominantly Muslim Caucasian region due to public pressure.

Russian news agency TASS reported that the erotic drama, which opened elsewhere in Russia on Feb. 12 with an 18+ age restriction, has been pulled out by cinemas in the republics of Ossetia, Ingushetia and Chechnya.

"The initiative to send an address to the region's authorities, requesting that the film be banned, came from young people who are concerned about noticeable interest in the movie from those who are in the early twenties," Ossetian mufti Khadzhimurat Gatsalov was quoted as saying in the report.

TASS also quoted Madina Ayubova, a spokesperson for Kinostar, a theater in Chechnya's capital Grozny, as saying that film won't be exhibited in Chechnya "because a lot of what is shown in [the film] contradicts the mentality and religion of the majority of the republic's population."

According to Gatsalov, the film is not going to be exhibited in any of the four remaining North Caucasus republics either.

Universal’s Russian office could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.

Russia’s North Caucasus federal district had 37 movie theaters as of 2014, according to the analytical company Movie Research, but there is no breakdown for regions within the federal district.

Earlier, Malaysia's film censor banned Fifty Shades of Grey from release in the country, describing the film as "sadistic," and Middle East censors are currently reviewing the movie.

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