22 August 2017
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Russia bans Hollywood thriller 'Child 44' about Stalin era

A Hollywood thriller about the Stalin-era Soviet Union, 'Child 44', with Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy starring in it, has been banned by Russia just a day before its release.


"Russia's Culture Ministry said the movie's distribution would be 'inappropriate' just weeks ahead of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe," The Washington Post reported.

According to the article, the decision came a day after the Russian Culture Ministry screened the movie, which was produced by Lionsgate. The ministry started receiving complaints about "the distortion of historical facts and original interpretations of events before, during and after the Great Patriotic War [the war period in the Soviet Union between June 1941 and May 1945, part of World War II], as well as the appearances and characters of Soviet citizens in that period of history."

The release of the movie in Russia was scheduled for Thursday, April 16.

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