The integrity of a beloved Russian icon has been upheld by government censors. It is not permitted in the Rodina for advertisers to deny the existence of Santa Claus, or Father Frost as he is known from Arkangel to Vladivostok.
"The Federal anti-Monopoly Service said the ad had broken rules for advertisers not to discredit parents and teachers.
It said declaring that Father Frost did not exist undermined children's trust by implying parents were not telling the truth.
The ad 'induces negative relations between children and parents', Andrei Kashevarov, the service's deputy director, told Rossiiskaya Gazeta."
It's about time someone stood up to the Santa deniers. And if anyone starts insinuating that the Easter bunny didn't make all those Fabergé eggs, they'd better watch out (and better not cry).