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Russia slaps ban on anti-Islam film

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A Russian court on Monday banned as ``extremist'' a US-made anti-Islamic film that sparked deadly protests across the Arab world but whose showing was backed by human rights supporters in Russia. 

Moscow's Tverskoi District judge sided with prosecution arguments presented in court that the low-budget "Innocence of Muslims'' production "promoted the rise of religious intolerance in Russia.''

The court will now pass on the ruling to the justice ministry for addition to Russia's disputed national list of "extremist material'' whose distribution is prosecuted and in most cases leads to time in jail.

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