Studio “Quarter-95” has made an official statement on the ban of the series “Matchmakers”. This is stated in the text of the statement, which has

“The ban six seasons of the series “Matchmakers”, who were captured in the period from 2008 to 2013, is an absurd decision, which is contrary to common sense. Its only purpose is to divert attention from topical issues: the war in the East, economic and political crisis in the country, the deterioration of living standards”, – reads the statement.

The members of the Studio “Quarter-95” I believe that speculation on the pseudo-Patriotic theme to the “Matchmakers” are unfounded.

“Studio “Quarter-95″ has repeatedly stated their position as citizens, a free and independent Ukraine, in which defending civil rights and democratic freedoms. But do not violate them,” reads the statement.

“Matchmakers” is a Ukrainian series, which was filmed in our country, giving work to hundreds of Ukrainian filmmakers, and replenished the state budget of Ukraine. We insist that this is a Ukrainian product, contrary to the statements of some government officials from the movie. This series has been honored with numerous professional awards in Ukraine and abroad – 12 awards “Teletriumph” award “Telezvezda”, participating in prestigious international festivals, to high ratings. This series, popular all over the world, which promotes Ukraine in the international arena” – said in a statement.

Studio “Quarter-95” reminds us that this show is loved by millions of people.

“They were waiting for us to continue “the Matchmakers”. But in this situation it will not. “Quarter-95” has always worked and works in the legal field. We will defend our rights in international courts until there is a clear and transparent system of regulation of film and television industries in Ukraine. Who and on what basis decides who gets on the list of persons posing a threat to national security of Ukraine? Who makes the decision about the revocation of licences? Why in this scheme, the observed selectivity? The Ministry of culture, the SBU, the national Council and the national security Council has no answers to these questions. There is only a “black list”, which tomorrow can be anyone. This list is convenient to manipulate, using it in unfair competition or in the political game,” reads the statement.

November 29, the state annulled the state registration and invalidated the distribution certificate for all the seasons of the series “Matchmakers”.

Earlier, the SBU for three years denied entry to Ukraine one of the main characters of Fyodor Dobronravov. The Russians repeatedly visited the Crimea and publicly supported its annexation.

Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014 year. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly has condemned Russia’s actions and called the annexation and occupation of Crimea illegal. Against Russia were imposed economic sanctions. For the implementation by Moscow of the so-called elections with the participation of the Crimea in 2016-m to year the Parliament of Ukraine recognized the Russian state Duma is illegitimate.

See also: the Series “Matchmakers” can return under one condition – the Ministry of culture

Studio “Kvartal 95”, commented on the ban, “the Matchmakers” 30.11.2017

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