MOSCOW (AP) – A Moscow film theater has demonstrated a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin despite an official ban.
The Culture Ministry has rescinded the license for screening Scottish writer-director Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” just two days before its scheduled premiere. The conclusion followed criticism against communists and others who the British-French manufacturing created a mockery of Russian background.
Pioner theater showed the film Thursday as planned, defying the ministry’s move.
The ministry warned that the theater will face sanctions in accord with regulations. Screening the film without a license is punishable with a fine of up to 100,000 rubles (about $1,800) and could lead to the theater’s closing in case of a second violation.
Stalin remains widely admired in Russia despite his brutal purges that killed millions.