Hollywood film Child 44 has been recalled in Russian theaters on April 15 over distorting historical facts, and on April 16 the film was banned in the Kazakh cinemas, too, reports Vlast.kz.
The distribution in cinemas was scheduled for April 16. Russian Culture Ministry said the movie's distribution would be inappropriate just weeks ahead of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. The Ministry said there is distortion of historical facts and original interpretations of events before, during and after the Great Patriotic War.
The ministry said the Russian distributors of the film, Central Partnership, agreed that the movie was inappropriate for screening.
The book on which the movie is based focuses on a Stalin-era serial killer and the security agent-turned-rogue who tries to track him down despite the government's best efforts to cover up the crimes. The 2008 novel by Tom Rob Smith was a bestseller.