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Russian movie chain won’t show Tsar ‘affair’ film after threats from Christian hardliners

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) congratulates Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his birthday during a ceremony in Moscow, Russia on November 20, 2016.Reuters

Russia’s largest operator of movie theatres says it will not screen a controversial film depicting an affair between a young ballerina and the last tsar, considered a martyr by the Orthodox Church, following accusations of ‘blasphemy’, threats and arson attacks.

Russian news agencies quoted cinema chain director Roman Linin as saying, in reference to the decision: ‘The security of our viewers remains a priority for us.’

The chain, which is operated by Formula Kino and Cinema Park, has 75 theatres.

The announcement came a day after two cars were set on fire outside the office of the attorney for the film’s director Alexei Uchitel.

Set in the late 19th century, Uchitel’s Matilda, to be released internationally in late October, tells the tale of the

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