Ukraine Gets Steamed Up Over Planned Russian Porn Film

KIEV, Ukraine -- A top Ukrainian official blasted a porn film that is due to be shot in Russia soon and is based on Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

"There is no doubt this is a provocation toward Ukraine from those who are producing the film," Markiyan Lubkivsky, a deputy chief of the presidential secretariat, told AFP.

He spoke a day after a Russian producer unveiled plans for a 26-minute erotic movie called "Yulia" whose two main characters are based on the 44-year-old Tymoshenko and 37-year-old Saakashvili.

Both Tymoshenko and Saakashvili, who have earned Moscow's ire by leading peaceful "revolutions" that installed pro-Western governments in the ex-Soviet nations, are unpopular among many Russian nationalists who see them as anti-Moscow.

In the planned movie the main characters are to be shown holding a secret meeting in Moscow, talking politics and making love in a helicopter flying over the Russian-Georgian border, producer Alexander Valov told AFP in Moscow.

Just like Tymoshenko, the film's Yulia is to have her hair wrapped in an old-fashioned Slavic style braid around her head.

The plans sparked indignation from the Ukrainian side.

"This situation... goes beyond the limits of decency," Lubkivsky fumed. "We hope that official Moscow is not behind the project."

Valov, a prominent Russian pop music producer, authored the script with Aleksei Mitrofanov, a Russian nationalist politician from the far right-wing Liberal Democratic Party.

The pair came up with the idea for an erotic comedy in a restaurant after Mitrofanov claimed that Tymoshenko had made a secret visit to Russia as prime minister.

Source: AFP