Russian Party Wants To Ban “Death of Stalin”

Russia’s second largest Parliamentary party, their Communist Party, have called for a ban of “Veep” and “The Thick of It” creator Armando Iannucci’s new comedy “The Death of Stalin”.

Alexander Yushchenko, the Communists’ spokesman, was quoted by state-run news agency RIA Novosti (via THR) as saying that the film is ‘disgusting’ and hopes the culture ministry won’t allow its release in Russia.

Sergei Obukhov, the secretary of the central committee of the Russian Communist Party, was also quoted as saying the film is “another form of psychological warfare” against Russia and “discrediting of the country’s leaders.”

The government culture ministry said it will scrutinize the movie to determine if it can be released in Russia. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says he doesn’t know much about “The Death of Stalin” and he trusts the culture ministry to make a responsible decision regarding an exhibition license.

The film, a darkly comic fictional take about the in-fighting in the Kremlin that followed Stalin’s death in 1953, stars the likes of Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine and Michael Palin. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month to strong reviews.