Objections were made to an episode of the programme that featured Christmas songs including a medley duet performed by Santa Claus and Jesus Christ.

The Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith asked for a ban after it said 20 experts had studied the show for its effect on young viewers.

Konstantin Bendas, a spokesman for the group, said "South Park is just one of many cartoons that need to be banned from open broadcast as it insults the feelings of religious believers and incites religious and national hatred.

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