Earlier, Elton John and the creators of the picture condemned the actions of the Russian distributor.
Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said that the distributors of Rocketman in Russia, who cut out scenes of sex and a kiss between men, operate within the framework of current legislation. He told about this to Interfax.
Medinsky said that the ministry gives permission to the version of the picture, which presented the distributor. “I say this irrespectively of“ Rocketman ”, but in relation to any cinema,” the minister added.
The distributor relies on current legislation. In a law-governed state, it is not the private aesthetic and sexual preferences of individuals that should rule, but the law, as in Russia now, should be so.
Vladimir MedinskyMinister of Culture
On May 31, journalists who had been on the Rocketman pre-show stated that all the scenes with male kisses, their sex and fragments of drugs were cut out from the film. The next day, Elton John and the creators of the picture condemned such actions of the Russian distributor. At the same time, the Ministry of Culture said that the agency did not give recommendations on how to make changes to the Russian version of the film, and the decision rests entirely with the rental company.