Russian cinema to avoid the movie after threats

Russia’s largest cinema chain, has condemned canceled screenings of the controversial film about the love life of the last Tsar Nicholas II to the Orthodox Church-operatives.

Matilda explores his love for the ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya, before he came to the throne, and contains erotic scenes.

Cinema Park formula Kino group said it was to protect “the cinema-goers of the risks was” in light of recent threats.

The film goes on General release in Russia on April 26.

The cinema chain spokeswoman Alexandra Artamonov told BBC Russian that the termination “is a necessary measure – we have many cinemas in 28 cities of Russia, and we are not responsible for them”.

The chain noted that it is “extreme actions of opponents of the film” and the threats against movie theaters.

Matilda is a Director Alexei Uchitel couldn’t be reached for comment. But the producer Alexander Dostman, but to move with the shoulders from the cinema chain, saying, “There is no point in worrying – people will still see the film anyway”.

On Monday two cars were burned outside of the Moscow office of a lawyer for Uchitel, a Director who has picked up several Russian awards for previous films.

Lawyer Konstantin Dobrynin posted Facebook photos of burnt-out cars and notes left at the scene Burn ” Matilda say “”.

Nicholas II was canonized, in the year 2000 by the Orthodox Church, activists of the exposé to see his love as an insult.


MP Natalia Poklonskaya, a staunch supporter of President Vladimir Putin, has been blocked by campaigns for the film the release.

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An early screening of Matilda went ahead in the far Eastern city of Vladivostok on Monday, amidst tight security. But a Moscow theater to cancel his shows, decided for “technical” reasons.

Early on 31 August, a few petrol bombs in the studio were thrown on a St. Petersburg building, in Uchitel ‘ s, but the interior was not damaged.

The Kremlin condemned the letter, warned the cinemas you would “burn” if they dared screen the Matilda. It is the protests by a group calling itself “the Christian state of Holy Russia”.

On 4. September was arrested, a man, in the city of Yekaterinburg, after he with his jeep in a movie theater, setting the entrance on fire. The attack was linked to that of civil servants, Matilda.

After the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917 in the Imperial family was short-hand of the Communists the following year. Nicholas II had already abdicated.