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Russia cinema chain, changing mind, will run film about tzar's affair

From Reuters - October 13, 2017

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russias largest cinema chain said on Friday it had changed its mind and would now run the film Matilda despite threats from religious conservatives slamming the film as blasphemous.

It said it now believed cinema-goers would be safe after statements by law enforcement officials.

Matilda, to be released in late October, tells the tale of a late-19th century romance between Nicholas II, before he became Russias tzar, and half-Polish dancer Matilda Kshesinskaya.

Long before its premiere, the film drew ire from Russian nationalists and religious conservatives who say it besmirches the memory of the tzar who was executed by Bolsheviks in 1918 and is revered by many of Russias Christian Orthodox believers.

The Bolsheviks under Vladimir Lenin took power 100 years ago this month.

We are grateful to law-enforcement bodies and special services for all theyve done in the past month for us to be assured of our spectators safety, Roman Linin, the head of the Cinema Park and Formula Kino cinema chain, said in a statement.

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