Five cinema chains in Russia fined for showing ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’

The film has caused controversy in the Siberian city of of Novosibirsk

Five cinema chains in Russia have been fined for showing The Wolf Of Wall Street.

The companies were said to have broken laws relating to the promotion of illegal drugs, reports The Guardian. They were fined over four million rubles (£68,000), but the chains will likely appeal the ruling, as the film was cleared for screening by the country’s culture ministry.

The chains fined were in the ‘unofficial’ Siberian capital of Novosibirsk. The Itar-Tass news agency stated that 10 cinemas were accused of having “idealised the use of narcotics” by showing the movie.

Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street was banned in Malaysia and Nepal. The movie also had three scenes cut in India, including the gay orgy, Jonah Hill masturbating and Leonardo DiCaprio blowing cocaine up a woman’s bottom with a straw.

DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort in the film, a flashy New York stockbroker whose extravagant New York lifestyle comes to a sudden end when he’s convicted of fraud and money laundering. It’s based on Belfort’s bestselling memoir of the same name, which was published in 2008. The film was released earlier this year and was nominated for a number of Academy Awards, but failed to win any. DiCaprio defended the film’s content, saying it should serve as a cautionary tale.