Violating the new policy can cost an individual $56 to $70, according to Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS. Officials can be fined $112 to $140 and businesses would be charged $1,117 to $1,396. Repeated violations will come with higher costs.Russian officials will decide what qualifies as cursing in case of a dispute, but the New Yorker reports that the law centers around the “four pillars” of mat, a Russian word for especially obscene profanity. One of those words translates into something like “whore,” and you can read about the other three here.Several media outlets report that the crackdown on dirty language is Putin’s next step in building a brand of Russian conservatism that sits in stark contrast to the open society of many Western nations such as the United States. He has also recently signed laws outlawing “gay propaganda” and tightening press freedoms.
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