Russia denied entry amid piracy woes
Rossiya, had special protection from local law enforcement agencies. Raids on pirate plants have been up in recent months, but there’s been an increase in small-scale operations run out of private apartments. Prosecutions following raids and confiscations remain few. And availability of pirate versions of pics on the Internet is growing fast and remains almost unpoliced. “If this is presented as a good picture on WTO progress, then heaven knows what a bad picture would look like,” one local player said. Observers speculate that corrupt officials, some at the highest levels of government, are holding back attempts to enforce antipiracy legislation. Even Russia’s liberal-leaning minister for trade and economic development, German Gref, the man behind Russia’s WTO application and one of the last remaining reformers in the government, admitted after a meeting with MPAA topper Dan Glickman in March that the issue would take “some years” to resolve. With Russians used to paying just $3 for a pirate DVD with up to eight pics on it, the prospects look bleak.
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