Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has called for Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s film and television work to be banned from Russia.
Shoigu also demanded that producer Alexander Rodnyansky’s projects be banned, in a letter reportedly sent to Russia’s Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova.
Russian investigative news site The Insider released what the outlet claimed was a copy of the letter.
According to a translation providedThe Hollywood ReporterAccording to a Russian film source, the letter said: “As part of a special operation, the Ministry of Defense is taking measures to form positive public opinion among Russian citizens in support of the country’s leadership and the actions of the Russian Armed Forces.
“At the same time, in the cultural sphere of the Russian media space, films and TV shows with the participation of VA Zelensky continue to be shown, as well as the creative projects of a major Ukrainian media executive AE Rodnyansky.
“The popularization of these people in the current conditions does not contribute to the implementation of the decisions made by the heads of state and the Russian Ministry of Defense.
“In view of this, I ask you to edit a question about the exclusion of VA Zelensky and AE Rodnyansky from the cultural agenda of the Russian Federation.”
In response, Rodnyansky said The Hollywood Reporter he found it “interesting that a Russian minister in charge of the war in Ukraine took the time to single out me and Volodymyr Zelenskyy and write a real letter to the culture minister.”
He added: “Formally this will not affect my projects. There is no way I would ever accept money from the Russian state after February 24th [the date of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine].”
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Rodnyansky is Russia’s most successful film producer, with credits including the Oscar-nominated 2014 film Leviathan.
He is also one of the founders of the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1, who has often collaborated with Zelensky’s production company Kvartal 95 Studio.
Before becoming President of Ukraine, Zelensky was a popular actor and comedian, starring in the hit television series servant of the people, as an ordinary man elected President.
The show recently aired on Channel 4 in the UK. Read The Independent‘s review here.
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