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RUSSIA WON’T ALLOW PUSSY RIOT FILM TO BE SCREENED IN MOSCOW

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Russian authorities have blocked a Moscow screening of the film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer just hours before it was to been screened on Sunday afternoon. The action was taken days after two members of the feminist group, which opposes the government of Vladimir Putin, were released from prison. They had been convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for an impromptu performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. On Saturday, the state-run Gogol Center received a letter from the Department of Culture stating that the role of art “is to save the world, make it better, not to inflame the public with scandalous stories.” It accused the filmmakers of being provocateurs. In an interview with the New York Times, Maxim Pozdorovkin, who co-directed the film, indicated that he had smuggled the film into Moscow in his luggage. “I thought that once I got past the border,” it would be safe to proceed with the screening, he said.