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Father Christmas off air in Uzbekistan

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Television viewers in Uzbekistan looking for the familiar features of Father Christmas on their screens this year will be disappointed following an unofficial ban by the state broadcaster.

It is the latest move to downgrade Soviet or Russian heritage in modern Uzbek culture.

Celebrating Christmas characters became popular when largely Muslim Central Asia was a part of the Soviet Union.

It is not clear who gave the order, but Father Christmas (known locally as Grandfather Frost) and his female companion Snow Maiden, once regular fixtures, are now apparently unwelcome foreigners.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/20701831

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Another grand example of religious fascism. What a bunch of grumps, put them down for some coal.

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"Downgrade Soviet or Russian heritage"? More like...."Downgrade Christian heritage"

The 'Religion of Peace' is on the move again.

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So Grandfather Frost is hanging out with a young snow maiden?... Cheeky ol' geezer!

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