Studios of controversial Russian film director assailed

Studios of controversial Russian film director assailed
A man walks past damaged windows of a building housing the studios of director Alexei Uchitel after unidentified assailants attempted to set fire to this building in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Police in St. Petersburg say they are searching for unidentified assailants who have attempted to set fire to a building housing the studios of director Alexei Uchitel whose film "Matilda," about the last Russian czar's affair with a ballerina has fueled controversy. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Updated 01 September 2017

Studios of controversial Russian film director assailed

Studios of controversial Russian film director assailed

MOSCOW: Police in St. Petersburg say they are searching for unidentified assailants who have attempted to set fire to a building housing the studios of a director whose film about the last Russian czar’s affair with a ballerina has fueled controversy.
Police said no one was hurt in Thursday’s incident and the building suffered no damage except a trace of soot on its facade, according to Interfax.
The building houses the studios of Alexei Uchitel, whose film “Matilda,” set for release in October, describes Nicholas II’s relationship with ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya.
The film has drawn harsh criticism from some Orthodox believers and hard-line nationalists, who see it as blasphemy against the emperor, glorified as a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church. The campaign reflects the growing assertiveness of conservative activists.