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Georgian Restaurants Ban Russian Songs - TV Channel

TblisiTBILISI. Jan 28 (Interfax) - The Georgian authorities imposed a silent ban on musicians performing songs in Russian, Georgia's Maestro television channel has reported.

A week ago, the directors of large restaurants were summoned to the Georgian Finance Ministry's Revenue Service, where they were warned that they will be fined 500 lari ($277) for songs performed in their restaurants in Russian. The directors of the restaurants were told not to tell anyone that this order was issued by the authorities, Maestro has reported.

"If this ban is adopted on the level of a law, the whole world will be laughing at Georgia because it's so stupid," Temur Rtskhiladze, prominent Georgian pop singer and composer, told Maestro.

Rtskhiladze said he was in a restaurant several days ago and visitors asked him to sing his song, which was in Russian, but the restaurant administration prohibited him from doing that.

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