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Some schools in Russia banned their children from celebrating Halloween this year.
Schools in the Omsk Siberian region were ordered by authorities to ban Halloween events taking place because they fear it breeds extremism.
In a letter from the regions ministry of education they explained their reasons by saying-
"According to many scientists – psychologists and psychiatrists – Halloween is dangerous for children. Children who have taken part in such events often feel fear, depression, aggression and a suicidal mood."
Despite these claims from the ministry they haven't provided any names of the authors for their research.
Many other regions of Russia have enforced similar sanctions with school Halloween bans in Sochi and in Moscow amongst others.
Ken Jones says on rt.com:
"It's so strange for them to buy into this nonsense. I supposed they're stuck in 1950 in Siberia?"
Alan Bradle says on ABCNews.com:
"Russia is right, keep that evil out of Russia. Americans best wake up and stop doing the bidding of the devil."
"Sophie" also from ABCNews.com says:
"The horror glorification of Halloween is not a true representation of the feast. It is about time to take back the real purpose of the Feast. There should indeed be a war for the true soul and nature of the Halloween spirit. And it should be only for the the good".
Debbie comments on washingtontimes.com:
"Political correctness" has removed certain Halloween costumes from the holiday festivities - some people have become so fearful of being offensive that they have become the most offensive and oppressive form of PC the nation has experienced in years".
Washington Times reader Ronald says:
"Someone is going to be dominant in the culture. It might as well be Christians instead of the Satanists who control everything today"
Our last commentator Rotizslav Biabak says:
"Good ! This American culture spreads like cancer in my country. Forgot Halloween, a pagan superstition of corrupted Christianity and the Russians are right in banning it as demonic death worship corrupting the minds of children with frightening fables".
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