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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Deputies Say 'Dom-2' Should Be Canceled for Showing Sex

Moscow City Duma deputies have accused the television reality show "Dom-2: Build Your Love" of promoting moral degeneracy and indicated that the show's host, Ksenia Sobchak, could be charged with organizing a prostitution ring, Kommersant reported Tuesday.

The City Duma's Public Health Committee wrote a letter to Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov on Monday demanding that the show be canceled because it "systematically exploits interest in sex: acts of petting and masturbation have been shown several times," Kommersant said.

"Dom-2," which is broadcast at 9 p.m. daily on TNT television, follows a group of single young women and men as they build a house. Participants vote one person off the show every week. The goal of the participants is to fall in love, as the finished house will go to a couple picked by viewers at the end of the season.

"All of this is a form of luring young people into prostitution," committee head Lyudmila Stebenkova, who wrote the complaint, told Kommersant. "According to the rules of the game, one of the couples should win a big prize, and for that reason many participants of the show imitate love and enter into sexual relationships strictly for pragmatic reasons."

The letter said the actions of the show's producers and Sobchak, the socialite daughter of late St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, amounted to organizing a prostitution ring, punishable by up to three years in prison.

Sobchak scoffed at the allegations. "People don't like deputies in Russia and make fun of them, and the more they write such letters, the more people won't like them," she told Kommersant.

The "Dom-2" flap comes after a State Duma deputy declared that a new Bolshoi Theater opera penned by controversial writer Vladimir Sorokin was pornographic, and the Duma ordered its Cultural Committee to investigate.