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Russia Outlaws Comedy Movie “The Death of Stalin”


TASS published a story titled “Lawyers of the Ministry of Culture asked to withdraw the rental certificate from the film “The Death of Stalin”“.  The Ministry of Culture, yes, it’s real, say, 

“is aimed at inciting hatred and enmity, humiliation of the dignity of the Russian (Soviet) person, propaganda of inferiority of a person on the basis of its social and national identity, and these are signs of extremism.In accordance with clause 20 of the Rules of extradition, refusal of extradition and revocation of the rental certificate, the rental certificate is subject to recall if, when viewing the film, it is revealed that the film contains information that is prohibited by the legislation of the Russian Federation, “

From a Western perspective, it portrays the humorous behind the scenes efforts to jostle, nudge, and create power groups to become the next Soviet Premier. This is a deadly serious occasion, but film puts a humorous twist on the situation.  

Russia, of course, appears to take offense to being the source of humor. One can make a comparison of “The Death of Stalin” to the Seth Rogen comedy, “The Interview“, which prompted a strong response from North Korea.  Both appear to be prompting responses as from a hurt, vulnerable victim lashing out.  If Russia increases the severity of their response, this movie will surely be called a provocation.  The irony is overwhelming. 

Take this sub-headline as an example.  Extremism?

According to the authors of the appeal, there are signs of extremism in the film and the history is distorted.

smh  You just can’t make this stuff up.  In yet another Irony, the below article was posted by a Foreign Ministry official to show how Russia is trying to protect their people from Western “lies”. 

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Lawyers of the Ministry of Culture asked to withdraw the rental certificate from the film “The Death of Stalin”

January 23, 11:37UTC + 3

According to the authors of the appeal, there are signs of extremism in the film and the history is distorted.

MOSCOW, January 23. / TASS /. The group of lawyers of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation asks the head of the Vladimir Medinsky department to withdraw the rental certificate from the film “The Death of Stalin”, the premiere of which is scheduled for January 25, due to signs of extremism. A copy of the appeal, dated January 19, is available to TASS.

“The film” The Death of Stalin “is aimed at inciting hatred and enmity, humiliation of the dignity of the Russian (Soviet) person, propaganda of inferiority of a person on the basis of its social and national identity, and these are signs of extremism.In accordance with clause 20 of the Rules of extradition, refusal of extradition and revocation of the rental certificate, the rental certificate is subject to recall if, when viewing the film, it is revealed that the film contains information that is prohibited by the legislation of the Russian Federation, “the text reads.

According to the authors of the appeal, the images of some historical figures, in particular, Marshal Georgy Zhukov, are represented in a distorted form. “GK Zhukov is represented simply by a militant clown, and this, incidentally, is an outstanding commander, a talented strategist, a marshal of the Soviet Union, thanks in large part to the leadership of which our army won the Great Patriotic War, his name has inextricably merged with the Great Victory. without any respect for our history, for the memory of previous generations, “the address says.

“We are sure that the film was made in order to distort and distort the past of our country so that the period of the life of Soviet people in the 1950s would cause only horror and disgust. <…> We very much ask you, dear Vladimir Rostislavovich as a historian, and indeed just as a citizen, personally carefully watch this film and take in our opinion the only true solution is to prevent its display in Russia, “the authors add.

The press service of the Ministry of Culture of TASS confirmed that “the lawyers of the department, after watching the film, sent a letter to Vladimir Medinsky.” According to the interlocutor of the agency, after the “appeal of lawyers, a public viewing of the picture was organized,” held on Monday, January 22.

The appearance on the Russian screens of the British satirical comedy Armando Jannucci’s “The Death of Stalin”, shot on comics by Fabien Nouri and Thierry Robin, is scheduled for January 25. The world premiere took place in September 2017. The plot of the film is centered on the race for power in the USSR after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. Starring – Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko and others.

Source: http://tass.ru/kultura/4894657

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