Soviet-era Thriller 'Child 44' Hits Screens — but not in Russia

A Hollywood film about a Soviet-era serial killer hits cinema screens on Friday, but it will not be shown in Russia after Moscow pulled the movie because of what it called a "distortion of historical facts". British actor Tom Hardy, due on screens next month in a much-anticipated "Mad Max" remake, plays the lead, MGB officer Leo Demidov, in the thriller. Also starring are Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman. However, Russia's Cultural Ministry banned the film earlier this week after a screening, it said in a statement. "The (ministry) received questions about the contents of the film, particularly the distortion of historical facts and the peculiar interpretation of events before, during and after the Great Patriotic War as well as the images and characters of Soviet citizens in that historical period," it said.