Nazi Winnie the Pooh Banned in Russia

And you thought our terrorist watch-list was a joke.

I'll admit that I've never been to Russia, so I don't know if Pooh bears wearing Nazi flare is a serious problem but apparently the authorities think so. According to the Moscow Times:

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Winnie the Pooh share a dubious honor: Anyone who depicts either of them with a swastika can be punished under the law.

The Justice Ministry published the latest -- and biggest -- update to its list of extremist materials on its web site this week, and many of the 414 new entries are so vague or controversial that analysts say they threaten to discredit the list all together...

Among the new entries, extremist material is identified as “a picture of Winnie the Pooh wearing a swastika,” “a self-made template for a future newspaper, comic or other print materials,” and “a flag with a cross.”

This is apparently bad news because the list is intended for law enforcement to use. There's more in the article about their problem with crosses.:



Tara Lohan is a managing editor at AlterNet.
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