As RBC discovered, this decision was made by members of the Russian Association of Video Game Distributors and Importers, which includes DNS, GameBuy, GamePark, diHouse, Achivka, Omegagame, EMSI, Pyramid and Buka. Furthermore, distributing content that violates art. 282 of the Penal Code (“Incitement to hatred or enmity, as well as humiliation of human dignity”), was rejected by M.Video-Eldorado.
The company raised the corresponding question after publishing a teaser of the game with an episode, the interpretation of which may be ambiguous. So the main negative character here is the Russian Vladimir Makarov. The video features people who will likely free the character from prison. The video ended with a scene that was at the end of the previous part of Call of Duty: there, some terrorists, who are planning to hijack a Russian commercial plane, receive a message with the text “Not Russian.” According to the announcements, the new game will be a direct continuation of this episode.
“The game contains calls for violence against a Russian citizen, we consider it unacceptable,” said Yasha Haddaji, president of the association.
Previously, Mortal Kombat 1’s rating fell due to the blocking of Russian and Belarusian users.