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In what is probably the first porno film to threaten international bilateral relations,
...a Russian producer unveiled plans for a 26-minute erotic movie called "Yulia" whose two main characters are based on the 44-year-old [Ukranian prime-minister] Tymoshenko and 37-year-old [Georgian president] Saakashvili". Plans for the flick "sparked indignation from the Ukrainian side.
'This situation... goes beyond the limits of decency,' [deputy chief of the Ukrainian presidential secretariat] Lubkivsky fumed. 'We hope that official Moscow is not behind the project.'
While that is unlikely, even by CIS/Putin standards, yet interestingly the film credits include "...Valov, a prominent Russian pop music producer, who authored the script with Aleksei Mitrofanov, a Russian nationalist politician from the far right-wing Liberal Democratic Party" [talk about too much spare time on one's hands...!]. Valov insists though that he's "not pursuing any political objectives with the production of this film" and it's "just business", for him. No such claim was made by Mitrofanov, who has a broader artistic-political vision, as well as great cinematographic aspirations:
...He told the media that the Yulia film will take foreign relations to new heights —- literally and figuratively. “Political erotics are a new genre that I have discovered,” he said. “The film is about politics. It makes a political statement, they don’t just [have sex].”
“Is the film The Interpreter propaganda or big cinema?” Mitrofanov said. “Is the film JFK propaganda or big cinema? Why is it that in America these films are considered big cinema but films like this in Russia are considered propaganda? This is big cinema and I am a great master.”
Ominously Valov announced that "if the film was successful he was considering a whole series of erotic films featuring political figures".
The possibilities are chilling.
See also: Alexei Pankin, on a more sombre note regarding the activities of the LDPR and Russian journalism.