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Russian authorities talk “possible ban” of violent games after Moscow shooting

Saturday, 10th November 2012 17:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Russian government is looking into how violent games in the region are handled after a shooter, who just so happens to like playing videogames, killed six co-workers at the Rigla pharmaceutical warehouse.

It is said Dmitry Vinogradov’s attack was spurred by a breakup with a female coworker, but authorities made note of his enjoyment of Rockstar’s 2003 shooter, Manhunt.

However, it must also be noted that according to Moscow News, before the shooting, Vinogradov “had been drinking for five days and posted an extremely misanthropic manifesto on his social network account hours prior to the killing.”

According to United Russia deputies Sergei Zheleznyak and Franz Klintsevich, an inquiry with the Russian Federal Surveillance Service for Mass Media and Communications will have to be conducted in order for Manhunt to be banned from the country.

Klintsevich told media outlets violent games should be restricted, while a chairman from the State Duma Committee on Education suggested a commission to supervise PC game sales should be formed.

Manhunt was blamed partially for the murder of Stefan Pakeerah by his friend Warren Leblanc in the UK, previously, before police publicly dismissed a link.

The game is banned in Australia, Germany, Ontario, and New Zealand.

Thanks, GI International.

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11 Comments

  1. The_Red

    Maybe the shooter liked watching movies or reading books. Quick! Ban all violent books and movies too!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    You can almost hear their thought process… “Should we ban women comrade?

    Niet, feminista’s would have our balls…

    Ban vodka?

    In Russia!?… Wait… He liked a ten year old videogame!!”

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TheWulf

    It’s hard to not think that they might be onto something when I look at a comment like #2′s, there.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Yes, how sociopathic of me to redicule the russian authorities blaming Manhunt for the murderous rampage of a steaming drunk arsehole, who’d just been dumped by his girlfriend & needed to take it out on the world…

    I mean he’s obviously a CoD player :b

    #4 2 years ago
  5. GwynbleiddiuM

    So, how did we go from a shoot out in a “pharmaceutical warehouse” to “banning video game”? I mean why is it now a days every time that fucked up shooting happens somewhere people start blaming video games? Almost all the time when something like this happens, “it’s violent video games let’s ban them”!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    @5
    Video games are alien to people of an older generation. Many parents and politicians fall in that category and when a tragedy happens, people always blame the first thing that feels alien to them. It used to be rock / metal music. Comic Books. Movies and such.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Deleted

    Oh Christ, not this hollow debate again!!! Let’s just ban everything which stimulates anybody and see how sociopathic we get.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ududy

    They can ban games as much as they want – most Russians don’t get their games through stores anyway. Then they will have the perfect excuse to BAN THE INTERNET! I’m sure Putin et al would love it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. AmiralPatate

    Country run by mobsters? It’s the videogames fault, obviously.
    Next thing you know, Hitler invaded Europe because he was playing Total War.

    On a side note, “Russian Federal Surveillance Service for Mass Media and Communications” really sounds like a nice, democratic agency to unsure everybody can express themselves freely.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. The_Red

    @9
    “Next thing you know, Hitler invaded Europe because he was playing Total War”
    +1

    #10 2 years ago
  11. sh4dow

    I wonder whether governments will ever ban fucking. Because you know… at least SOME murderers probably enjoyed that.
    But of course… then there would be less procreation and without overpopulation you can’t have a never-ending expansion of the market and profits, so…

    #11 2 years ago

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