Russia may charge extra to watch big-budget US films

Russia’s culture minister has proposed charging Russians more to watch Hollywood films as a way to support the nation’s struggling film industry.

Vladimir Medinsky told MPs that the state budget for Russian cinema was less than half the Hollywood budget for a hit like The Fast and the Furious.

He said there were both financial and ideological grounds for restricting Hollywood films in Russia.

Russian cinema-goers ought to pay

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