#Official Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on Ukraine’s bans on media products of own production
The war with an “aggressor” continues on all fronts in Ukraine, culture and art is no exception. It is a common practice today not to allow Russian music stars and film actors in the country and cancel their tours without any explanation. And concerts of popular Russian performer in Kiev, Lvov, Zaporozhye and other cities have been repeatedly shut down due to a fault of Ukrainian organizers.
The ban of Russian books and films defies any common sense. For instance, a comedy “Hotel Eleon”, a joint project of Russian media holding “Yellow, Black and White” and Ukrainian companies “Sister’s Production”, was blacklisted on January 10. The Ukrainian State Film Agency denied a state registration and refused to grant distribution and demonstration rights. More than 500 Russian movies and TV series have been tabooed since 2014.
In my opinion, such measures are illogical, especially given that Ukrainian officials make concessions to some films. The TV series “The Mommies”, which was shot by Russian filmmakers, was successful on “1+1” TV channel and it had received a distribution certificate without any problems.
The Ukrainian government is naïve to believe that an adoption of questionable laws, which special commissions will govern, will improve a control over masses by conducting an anti-Russian propaganda. It is high time to realize that all sorts of bans and sanctions have never been an effective method to control the society and it is not able to stop, but, on the contrary, it increases interest in banned for political reasons content and protest sentiments among people.
If desired, every person can get right information on the web and watch a film or TV series a person interested in. Today, favorite Russian films are shown on satellite television as well.
Therefore, such actions of the Ukrainian government as a prohibition of all Russian related, demolition of monuments, renaming of streets are nothing less than another way to divert attention from main thing to secondary ones in order to prevent people from assessing the situation in the country.
In fact, any country, which has positioned itself as a civilized state, will never manipulate its citizens’ consciousness and impose alien ideas of foreign masters on them. Except of Ukraine…
Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy