The HRC has called the ban «Death of Stalin» outright censorship

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krauledat in photomacrography movie poster Stalin’s DeathThe HRC has called the ban «Death of Stalin» outright censorship© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krajevima the image Bank

Members of the presidential Council on civil society development and human rights (HRC) consider revoking the license of the film «Death of Stalin» the fact of outright, blatant censorship, said a member of the HRC Ilya shablinski at a press conference on Wednesday.

«We have reason to say some words about the movie «Death of Stalin»… We are dealing with the fact of censorship — blatant, outright,» said sablinski.

According to human rights, such a decision violates the freedom of thought and expression, provided by article 29 of the Constitution, and was made on the basis of personal political preferences.

The Chairman of the HRC Mikhail Fedotov said that the Council members plan to see the painting at the meeting when you get a copy from the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation.

Satirical Comedy from British Director Armando’s Iannucci «Death of Stalin» caused a negative reaction of Russian society, even before they be released.

So, a number of public figures and cultural workers appealed to the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky with a request to suspend the distribution licences of the film for a more thorough analysis of the painting for compliance with the Russian legislation. The letter in particular, signed by the Chairman of the public Council under the Ministry of culture of Russia Yury Polyakov, first Deputy Chairman of state Duma Committee on culture Elena Drapeko, Deputy Chairman of state Duma Committee on culture, film Director Vladimir Bortko, the Chairman of the state Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky, Director Nikita Mikhalkov, producer Igor Ugolnikov, Director of the State historical Museum Alexei Levykin, Director of the film company «Karo the Prime Minister» Alexey Ryazantsev, actor Alexander Galibin, Chairman of the Union of composers of Russia Rashid Kalimullin, Chairman of the Union of artists of Russia Andrei Kovalchuk. In the letter, the film is called «libel on the history of our country.» According to the authors of the letter, the picture contains information that may be considered extremist, is aimed at humiliation of the Russian people, the propaganda of inferiority of a person on grounds of his social and national identity.

Chairman of the public Council under the Ministry of culture of Russia Yury Polyakov, talking about the preview of the film and the discussion, said that no one saw the painting spoke in its support. According to him, the participants agreed that the movie is bad from a professional point of view and absolutely false. The poles said that the genre of black Comedy has its own face, there are things that can’t be crossed.

The first Deputy Chairman of the culture Committee of the state Duma Elena Drapeko who signed the letter, told reporters that «the Death of Stalin» is an element of information war and «elements of violations of the law». The Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist party Yuri Afonin agreed that the picture is part of the information war against Russia. He believes that «clearly creates a negative attitude to the past of our country.»

The Deputy of the state Duma of the Russian Federation Natalia Poklonskaya after revoking the license of the film, said that the discussion of «Stalin’s Death» showed the defenders creative freedom to its limits: it ends where it begins infringing on the rights of others.

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