Russia To Ban Emo?

Russia wants to make emo and goth music illegal.

According to The Moscow Times, the country's government believes Russia is facing a "spiritual and ethical crisis" brought on by its youth listening to emo and goth bands.

A parliamentary committee is discussing drafting a law which will ban kids who are dressed like emos or goths from entering schools and other government buildings.

The Government Strategy In The Sphere Of Spiritual And Ethical Education also calls for heavy regulation of emo web sites to stop a "spiritual and ethical crisis" facing Russian youth, including high rates of alcohol abuse, teen abortions and "negative youth movements."

Emo ideology encourages and justifies drug use and sexual relations among minors, according to the bill, which also lumps emos and goths together with skinheads.

"The point of the bill is so that by 2020, Moscow will have someone to rule its government," said Alexander Grishunin, an adviser to Public Chamber member Yevgeny Yuryev, one of the bill's three coordinators. "This is the first step in the public discourse."

The bill's sponsors hope that it will be passed into law by the end of the year...