The other week came word that the Russian government had lambasted HBO’s highly acclaimed “Chernobyl” miniseries which chronicled the events of the horrific 1986 nuclear disaster.
Now The Communists of Russia, a Marxist-Leninist political party separate from the larger Communist Party of the Russian Federation, reportedly wants a full ban of the HBO series so it can’t air in Russia reports The Wrap.
In addition, they are threatening to launch a libel lawsuit against series creator Craig Mazin and the producers – citing an article within the Russian Federation’s Criminal Code about the “spreading of deliberately falsified information that denigrates the honour and dignity of another person or undermines his reputation” which includes a “publicly performed work”.
In a statement, Communists of Russia party member Sergey Malinkovich says:
“The TV series about the dramatic events of April 1986 is an ideological tool designed to defame and demonize the image of the Soviet government and Soviet people. Although the chronology of the series’ events and key moments correspond to reality, the actions of the heroes themselves, the order of relationships in institutions and collectives, and finally, the moral climate in Soviet society itself is the first example of an absolute lie.”
The party also claims to have asked Russia’s TV regulator, Roskomnadzor, to block local access to the series which has become hugely popular in the country – making it even more of an issue for the Russian government.