Thursday, January 25, 2018

Russia bars 'extremist' British comedy The Death of Stalin

January 25, 2018 (BBC News Europe) The Russian release of British comedy film The Death of Stalin has been shelved following a screening before senior figures on Monday night. The Russian attendees complained that the satire contained "ideological warfare" and "extremism". The film's distribution certificate was withdrawn, effectively cancelling its planned Thursday release.

It is not clear if the film, starring Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor, will be shown in Russia at all. The culture ministry told Interfax news agency it had informed the film's Russian distributor, Volga Films, of the decision. "A decision on whether it will be shown will be made later," the ministry was quoted as saying.
The film, from director Armando Iannucci, is a satire of the power struggle in Moscow following Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. As a result, many of the main characters are real historical figures. The full article is available at: