Russian Legislator Calls for 'Game of Thrones' Ban

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Vitaly Milonov accuses its characters of being "sexual deviants."

Hardline Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov has called for banning the television series Game of Thrones in Russia as part of a scheme aimed at defending "traditional values."

Milonov, known for his anti-gay and anti-Western initiatives, has submitted to the country's culture ministry a proposal for a scheme of "defending the country's information space," in which he cited Game of Thrones as an example of harmful content that should not be available in Russia.

"Every tenth character [in Game of Thrones] is a sexual deviant," Milonov was quoted as saying by the Russian daily Izvestia. "Through such works and their popularizing, a new matrix is being inserted in our consciousness, according to which things like that are normal."

According to Milonov, just about every work of art produced in the West aims to destroy Russia's traditional values.

While just a few years ago, an initiative of that kind would have most likely led nowhere, in contemporary Russia's political and ideological climate, a ban on Game of Thrones or other Western films and TV series doesn't look impossible.

The culture ministry has repeatedly stated that one of its main tasks is defending Russia's "traditional values" and promoting patriotism. Two months ago, the ministry banned the film Child 44, claiming the film "distorted the history."

Russia has a strict system of exhibition licenses. They are issued by the culture ministry, which could technically ban any film or TV series by denying or revoking its license.

Milonov's main achievement in "defending traditional values" is the national law "against gay propaganda among minors," adopted two years ago and viewed by many as a crackdown on the Russian gay community.