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Russia Bans 'Innocence Of Muslims' Video As Extremist


A screen grab from "Innocence of Muslims"

A screen grab from "Innocence of Muslims"

A Moscow court has ruled that the anti-Islam film that sparked violent demonstrations around the world can no longer be shown in Russia.

Russia's Justice Ministry says the film, "Innocence of Muslims," was deemed extremist because it could incite ethnic and religious hatred.

The ruling follows a similar decision made last week by a court in Grozny, the provincial capital of Russia's Muslim-dominated province of Chechnya.

Russian authorities warn that access to YouTube could be blocked if its owner, Google, fails to abide by a court order to restrict access in Russia to the U.S.-produced film.

The film insults Muslims, portraying the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and child molester.

Google's Russia operation said it could block access to the video if it receives a court order outlawing it.


Based on reporting by AP and ITAR-TASS

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