The good news is that it isn’t banned in the parts of North America where it didn’t open last week (Including Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) so we can all go and see it now!!

‘Borat’ to be banned in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) – A government agency said it would refuse to grant permission for Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversial comedy “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” to be shown in theatres in neighbouring Russia, its distributor here said Thursday.
The Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography said the film could offend some viewers and contained material that “might seem disparaging in relation to certain ethnic groups and religions,” according to Vadim Ivanov, theatrical sales director at Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S.
Ivanov said he hoped the agency would relent and that the film, which packed theatres to debut as the top weekend movie in the United States, will premiere in Russia as scheduled on Nov. 30.
The agency informed the company in a letter that it would not grant the permission required to show the film in theatres, but later said the decision was not official, Ivanov noted. “This story is not over,” he said.
Ivanov said he was unaware of an instance in which Russian authorities have banned a non-pornographic movie. Officials at the government agency did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.
Cohen’s comic character Borat Sagdiyev has told the world that Kazakhs are addicted to drinking horse urine, enjoy shooting dogs, view rape and incest as respectable hobbies and are fond of pursuits such as “running of the Jew” festivals.
Russia has close political ties with Kazakhstan, whose officials – and citizens – have long seethed at the depiction of their country.
The move comes as Kremlin critics accuse President Vladimir Putin’s government of restricting freedoms and tightening control over society. Amid a growing wave of extreme nationalism and hate crimes, it appears to reflect efforts by Russian authorities – long accused of turning a blind eye – to show that they are cracking down on intolerance.