Protests At Russian Movie Premiere

  October 25, 2017 at 8:18 am by

The Moscow police detained seven Russian orthodox activists last night at the premiere of a movie “Matilda” about the love affair between the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and the Polish-born ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska. 

The controversial new film has premiered in Russia after months of protests, threats and violence. Last month a cinema that showed a preview of the movie was set in flames. Activists also set alight two cars outside the Moscow offices of a lawyer for the film’s director, Alexei Uchitel.

Protesters say a film about Russia’s last Tsar is blasphemous. They especially mind erotic love scenes. Representatives of the public movement “King’s Cross” found in the upcoming film a “distortion of historical events”, and an “anti-Russian and anti-religious provocation in the field of culture”.

On Monday, Olga Kulikovskaya-Romanova, the 91-year-old widow of Nicholas II’s nephew, released a video appeal to Putin asking for the film not to be released in Russia.

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