‘A spit in the face’: Russia bans satirical movie on the death of Stalin after critics comment that it mocks Russian history

Russia’s Culture Ministry banned a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s death from movie theatres Tuesday following criticism from communists and others that the British-French production made a mockery of Russia’s history.

The Culture Ministry declared it was rescinding the permit that would have allowed Scottish writer-director Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” to be shown in Russian theatres. The film premiered in Britain in October and was scheduled to...

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