: Russian cinema festival in Greece features propaganda movie about Crimea

14:32 Apr. 23, 2016

Russian cinema festival in Greece features propaganda movie about Crimea

Pro-Russian rally in Crimea (AP Photo)

The film depicting the peninsula annexation is banned in several European states including France 

A Greek private club, "Hellenic Euro-Asiatic Alliance", plans to show a propaganda movie about Crimea, directed by the Kremlin after the annexation of the peninsula. The film is expected to be a part of the Russian cinema festival which starts on April 23. Ukraine has filed a formal protest against this decision.

"Considering the official position of the UN, E.U. and the government of Greece, we think this movie will only escalate the confrontation and tensions in the society", Ukrainian ambassador to Greece Volodymyr Shkurov said.

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Earlier Ukrainian officials claimed the host of the event, Xenophontos Lambrakis (president of the  "Hellenic Euro-Asiatic Alliance") decided to exclude the movie from the festival programme. However, later Lambrakis denied this statement. "The film will be shown at military museums in Athens and several other cities in Greece", he said in an interview with Russian journalists.

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The movie describes the situation in Crimea during the illegal annexation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation. The film is considered propagandistic and is prohibited in several European countries, including Moldova and France.

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