Cash-strapped Ukraine is considering issuing licenses to several adult broadcasters to make up the financial shortfall resulting from the ban on Russian television channels.
“We’ve received applications from several erotica channels. I am emphasizing, these are erotica - not hardcore porn. We are evaluating these applications,” said Yuri Artemenko, the head of the national broadcasting council, according to RBC Ukraine, a financial news channel.
“We understand that in the difficult conditions of doing business since the banning of Russian broadcasters, these are an additional means of survival, particularly for cable providers.”
Ukraine banned Russian channels in several waves following the secession of Crimea in March 2014 and the subsequent intensification of the fighting in the east of the country, accusing them of being a propaganda arm of the Kremlin.
Ukraine has used other blunt instruments to insulate itself from Russia’s pervasive cultural influence, banning a handful of films propagating Russian values, including those shot decades ago. All films featuring several prominent Russian actors who have supported Russia’s anti-Kiev stance have also been banned