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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

First Blacklist of Literature is Released

The Federal Registration Service has released its first blacklist of literature, film and music, which could result in a five-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of distributing them.

The list, published Saturday in the government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta, comprises 14 works that were banned from 2004 to 2006 for purportedly inciting racial, religious and political hatred. It includes newspapers and brochures, as well as a book, a film, and an album.

President Vladimir Putin charged the agency in May 2006 with drawing up the blacklist, which will be revised and reprinted each January and July. It includes the "Book of Monotheism" by Muhammad ibn Sulaiman al-Tamimi, described as doctrine for the Wahhabi form of Islam, which authorities blame for inciting separatist insurrection in Chechnya; the album "Music for Whites" by Omsk rock group Order; and 1940 Nazi film "The Eternal Jew."