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Russia Is Banning the Movie The Death of Stalin

Russia’s Culture Ministry is banning the film The Death of Stalin from theaters ahead of its release.

The film is a political satire directed by Armando Iannucci––famous for The Thick of It and Veep––and features a star-studded cast including Steve Buscemi and Jason Isaacs.

Per the BBC:

The Russian release of British comedy film The Death of Stalin has been shelved following a screening before senior figures on Monday night.

The Russian attendees complained that the satire contained “ideological warfare” and “extremism.”

Culture minister Vladimir Medinsky said in a statement that a lot of people will see this as “insulting,” while claiming “we don’t have censorship.”

Iannucci tweeted briefly on the news today:

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