Saturday, 24 May 2008

Indiana Jones should be banned in Russia for being 'anti-Soviet propaganda', say communists


He's battled with Nazi soldiers, escaped from an Egyptian snake pit and seen off a Bedouin swordsman.

But Indiana Jones didn't reckon on his latest challenge --after riling Russian Communists with his new adventure film.

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Controversial: Harrison Ford, as Indiana Jones, swipes at a Soviet soldier in new movie, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which Russian communists called for to be banned

They have condemned Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as crude anti-Soviet propaganda and want it banned from the country.

The movie stars Harrison Ford as an archaeologist in 1957 competing with an evil KGB agent, played by Cate Blanchett, to find a skull endowed with mystic powers.


Cast: Front, from second from left, Ray Winstone as Mac, Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett as Agent Irina Spalko

Communists, however, say the actors are serving as the 'running dogs' of the CIA.

Party member Viktor Perov said: ' What galls is how together with America we defeated Hitler, and how we sympathised when Bin Laden hit them.

'But they go ahead and scare kids with Communists.'

Communist numbers have dwindled since Soviet times, but its members see themselves as the defenders of the achievements of the old Soviet Union.

They fear Russian children are being fed revisionist Hollywood history and have appealed to Russia's culture ministry to ban the Indiana film to prevent ' ideological sabotage'.

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Action: Indy escapes from a damaged Jeep

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