Magazine article Screen International

'The Death of Stalin' Banned by Russian Authorities

Magazine article Screen International

'The Death of Stalin' Banned by Russian Authorities

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“We don’t have censorship.”

‘The Death Of Stalin’

The Russian Ministry of Culture has withdrawn the exhibition license for Armando Iannucci’s historical satire The Death of Stalin.

According to a report in state-run Russian news agency Tass, the decision was made after a screening of the film on Monday (Jan 22) attended by industry figures, State Duma (lower house of parliament) MPs, Russian Historical Society representatives and members of the Culture Ministry’s Public Board.

The Board’s head Yuri Polyakov said the film should not be screened in Russia because it is a tool for “ideological struggle”, adding that, “nobody spoke out in favour of the film as a work of art.” The film was previously set for release in Russia on 25 January.

The news was confirmed to Screen by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

Commenting on the decision, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said in a statement on the ministry’s website: “We don’t have censorship. …

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