2017-09-21 16:38:00

Christian State - Holy Russia leader detained again

Moscow, September 21, Interfax - Alexander Kalinin, the leader of the organization Christian State - Holy Rus, has been detained in a criminal case dealing with setting fire to cars near the Moscow office of Konstantin Dobrynin, a lawyer for Alexey Uchitel, the director of the film Matilda, Russian Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk said.

"Alexander Kalinin has been detained in accordance with Criminal Procedure Code Article 91," Volk said.

Volk said earlier that four people had been detained in the criminal case dealing with setting fire to vehicles on Starokonyushenny Lane, and three of them had been indicted.

Dobrynin wrote on his Facebook page on September 11 that unidentified arsonists had set a car on fire outside the office of Pen&Paper, a legal firm, on Starokonyushenny Lane in Moscow. Visible in the photos attached to the post are pieces of paper saying: "Burn for Matilda."

Police opened a criminal investigation into the intentional damage property after two cars, one Honda and one Mercedes, were burned outside the office.

Dobrynin later asked Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov to probe the Christian State organization on terrorism charges. In his request, Dobrynin drew Bortnikov's attention to Christian State - Holy Rus leader Alexander Kalinin's interview with the website Meduza, which, according to the lawyer, contains remarks justifying violence and property destruction to achieve a ban on Matilda.

The film's official release is scheduled for October 26. The film deals with the relationship between future Emperor Nicholas II and ballerina Matilda (Matylda) Krzesinska against the background of landmark events in Russian history.