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Donald Duck Cleared of Extremism Charges

Current law in Russia criminalizes any public calls for extremism, including on the internet. In 2010 a man in far eastern Russia was convicted of distributing extremist materials after he posted the 1942 Donald Duck cartoon “Der Fuehrer's Face” on the ‘net. The cartoon was listed in the Russian federal list  of banned materials. The case was recently revisited by the highest court in Kamchatka. 

When prosecutors discovered this fact they filed a cassation with the regional court explaining that the video is a classic Walt Disney cartoon made within the framework of an anti-Nazi propaganda campaign. They also wrote that the film contains no calls to extremism - on the contrary, it depicts Nazi ideology in satirical and mocking forms.

The court agreed with this statement and also ruled that the film’s characters are not promoting violence against anyone.

It is not clear whether the court ruling will change the cartoon’s inclusion in the list of banned materials, or exonerate the man who was convicted. -via Arbroath  


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