MOSCOW – A group of parents in the central Russian region of Ural called on President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to ban the popular “Death Note” manga series, complaining in an open letter to him that it is harmful to children.
According to local media reports, a 15-year-old girl left four “Death Note” comic books along with a suicide note before jumping from a window of her 13th-floor apartment in Yekaterinburg on Feb. 20.
Local police are investigating a possible connection between her death and the manga series, which details murders committed by putting the names of targets on a notebook given by Death.
In the letter, the parents of the girl demanded that sales of the books and related DVDs be banned, arguing that “Death Note” helps generate interest in death among children and badly affects their emotional development.
All 12 volumes of the “Death Note” series were translated and published in Russia by 2012.
Manga are so popular among Russian children and youngsters that they can be found at bookstores in regional cities. They also can be browsed on the Net for free thanks to Russia’s inadequate copyright protection.