Ukrainian movie-distributors brought an action against the government of Ukraine, demanding to cancel the resolution, which obliges them to dub every fifth copy of a foreign movie in Ukrainian beginning from September 1, 2006.

According to President of Ukrainian association of cinematograph development assistance Mikhailo Sokolov, movie-distributors, who were obliged to dub films at their own expense, asked the government to take over the financing. After the government had ignored the request, the association decided to appeal to court.

“We have objections to that the state policy is carried out at our expense,” explained Sokolov.

According to him, movie-distributors will argue in the court that imposing the Ukrainian language on film-goers the government violates Constitution of Ukraine.

Total movie takings made 35 mln USD last year. Cinemas’ owners fear that this figure may decrease after the introduction of obligatory Ukrainian dub, as about 60% of total takings from every movie come from Russian speaking cities – Dnipropetrovs’k, Kharkiv, Odesa, Zaporizhzhya and Donetsk.


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