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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

"Balls of Fate" Banned in Tajikistan

Tajikistan's film commission has banned “Balls of Fate,” a new Russian comedy that pokes fun of Tajik migrants working in Russia, as offensive.

"This film is offensive to our migrant workers and people in general, and therefore the commission came to the conclusion that the film should be banned in Tajikistan," commission head Akbar Sharipov told reporters Tuesday in Dushanbe, Interfax reported.

The film, which was released in Russia in January, is based on the popular sketch comedy show "Nasha Russia" on TNT television. Two of the show’s characters, bumbling Tajik guest workers Rovshan and Dzhumshut played by leading Russian comedians, are the film’s main stars.

The movie tells the story of how the workers steal gold eggs, believed to have been once owned by Mongolian leader Genghis Khan, from their greedy Moscow boss.

Tajik Migrant Workers, an organization representing the interests of the 1 million Tajik migrants working in Russia, urged the Prosecutor General's Office to ban the film in Russia last month, saying it amounted to the “moral genocide of the Tajik nation.”

"Nasha Russia" is enormously popular in Tajikistan, Interfax said.