The Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky asked the security forces to crack down on the pressure on the state and film business from the “uncontrolled” activists demand to ban the screening of the film “Matilda”. The head of the Ministry of culture said, “don’t know” what motivated the Deputy of the state Duma Natalia Poklonskaya, “undertaking this uproar”.
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The Minister of culture made an official statement about the situation surrounding the film by Alexei Uchitel “Matilda”, which “has reached an unprecedented intensity” because of the public threats, arson, and cinema chains refusal to show the acclaimed tape.
Medinsky stressed that any attempt to prohibit the showing of “Matilda”, putting pressure on the private or municipal cinemas are “pure lawlessness and censorship, which is directly prohibited by the Constitution of the Russian Federation”.
The Minister mentioned the Deputy of the state Duma Natalia Polonskaya, which is a fierce opponent of the not yet released “Matilda”. Medinsky said that he does not know what considerations it is guided by, “starting and maintaining this uproar”. “Maybe from a pure heart. Moreover, I am not ready to unravel the motivations of a variety of activists-mongers arrogantly call themselves “Orthodox”,” — said in a statement.
According to Medina, these “activists” diskreditiert as state cultural policy, and the Church. “Christianity — it’s about love, not hatred,” – said the official.
The Minister of culture also said that have watched “Matilda” and is ready to testify that there is nothing offensive nor to the memory of Nicholas II, or the history of the Russian monarchy. The position of citizens who “have not seen the movie, but angrily condemn,” he called absurd.
The Minister stressed that the only document that authorizes the release of the film in Russia is the Ministry of culture issued a rental license. In conclusion, he urged the heads of cinema chains not to succumb to threats. “Your performance is evaluated by the viewer, and zapoloshny sectarian arsonists are customers of other institutions,” said Medina.