2017-09-25 10:04:00

Holy Russia leader under prosecution for pressuring cinemas due to Matilda, detained

Moscow, September 25, Interfax - Alexander Kalinin, the leader of the Christian State - Holy Russia movement, has become a defendant on the criminal case related to forcing movie theaters to refuse screening the film Matilda, the Russian Interior Ministry said.

"The investigative department for the Central Administrative District of the Russian Interior Ministry's main directorate for Moscow has opened a criminal case on charges of the coercion to the execution of a transaction or the refusal to execute it," Russian Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk told Interfax on Saturday.

The criminal case was initiated "on the grounds of forcing the management of a commercial organization operating in screening of films to refuse to show the film at a network of movie theaters under a threat of violence against the audience and damage and harm to cinema owners," she said.

The defendant in the case is Alexander Kalinin, the leader of the Christian State - Holy Russia, who has been detained, Volk said.