Big-screen porn jams traffic in central Moscow

Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:02am EST
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - An enormous television screen showing a pornographic film caused a midnight traffic jam in central Moscow on Thursday, as stunned motorists slammed their brakes to gawk at the writhing naked bodies.

The owner of the advertising screen, which sits atop a main road about two km (1.2 miles) south of the Kremlin, told the state-run RIA news agency that hackers broke into the system and turned on the porn.

"They were either acting out of hooliganism or were from a rival company," Viktor Laptev, commercial director of advertising firm, told RIA.

A short clip showing cars slowing to a halt to look at the screen sprung up on and internet sites on Friday across Russia, a country which banned nudity on television before the Soviet Union fell in 1991.

Authorities said they are investigating, RIA added.

(Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman and Denis Dyomkin)