Russia: Muscovites react to banned 'Death of Stalin' film

Muscovites reacted to the film 'Death of Stalin', Friday, which was screened at Moscow's Pioneer Cinema despite being banned in Russia. Pioneer Cinema was reportedly the only Russian cinema defy the film ban. One audience member said that Scottish director Armando Iannucci's film «should be shown on TV at prime time» while another audience member noted that «it is wonderfully filmed as... Еще tragicomedy.» Despite the fact that the Russian Ministry of Culture revoked the film's release license on January 23, Pioneer' cinema held the film's screening on Thursday and Friday. According to Representative of the Russian Association of Cinema Owners Alexander Shepelev, following the Friday screening, «some ten police officers and maybe another ten men in plain clothes [entered the cinema]. We, audience and journalists were asked not to get in the way some investigations. We can only guess which investigations [were underway].» The cinema has reportedly canceled all upcoming screenings, announcing that pre-purchased tickets would be refunded. The film 'Death of Stalin' a UK-French political satire, which depicts a power struggle following the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1953. ‌

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