Russian cinema ends showings of Stalin film

MOSCOW – (BBC) – A Russian cinema has stopped screening UK comedy The Death of Stalin, which was earlier banned by the government. Moscow’s Pioneer Cinema said it had been forced to act for “reasons beyond our control” and promised to refund customers who had bought tickets. Hours earlier police visited the cinema, without giving any explanation.

The film was given its first screening at the cinema on Thursday, and tickets had been sold for showings until 3 February. In a statement on Facebook (in Russian), Pioneer Cinema referred customers to the culture ministry for any further questions. Russian officials this week condemned the comedy as insulting and revoked its release licence in Russia.  Pioneer Cinema was the only Russian cinema to go ahead with screening the film, which depicts a power struggle after the Soviet leader’s death.

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