Russia’s Justice Ministry in Moscow has a list of banned “extremist” material. Winnie the Pooh is now on it. To be precise, depictions of “Winnie the Pooh with a swastika.” Come again?
As related by the Moscow Times, Russia’s list of banned extremist material originates out of district court decisions around the country. The list now numbers 414 items, including “a flag with a cross,” so theoretically the Swiss flag is banned.
Winnie came to grief in the Ordzhonikidzevsky district court, located in Ufa, the capital of Bashkortostan.
The court in Ufa said it has collected extremist material from the residence of a local extremist, and poor Winnie, decked out in a swastika, was among them.
A representative of the Ufa court explained: “Prosecutors came to us with the list and an expert’s conclusion that these items are extremist. So, we decided that they are extremist.” Somehow, we think only Winnie the Pooh would begin to understand this.