2017-09-20 18:29:00

Leader of Christian State Kalinin may be prosecuted for fomenting hostility - police source

Moscow, September 20, Interfax - Alexander Kalinin, the leader of the organization Christian State - Holy Russia, may be prosecuted for fomenting hostility, a law enforcement source told Interfax.

"Kalinin has been detained in the Lipetsk Region, and the opening of a criminal case against him on charges of fomenting discord or hostility is under consideration now," the source said.

Konstantin Dobrynin, a lawyer for Russian film director Alexey Uchitel, had demanded earlier that Kalinin be held criminally liable.

The law enforcement source said that, apart from Kalinin, police had also detained three other people on suspicion of setting fire to cars near Dobrynin's office in Moscow. Alexander Bayanov, Kalinin's cousin, is among the suspects.

Earlier on Wednesday, police had confirmed the detention of three people suspected of setting fire to cars near Dobrynin's office.

Uchitel is the director of the film 'Matilda', whose official release is scheduled for October 26. The film deals with relationships between future Russian Emperor Nicholas II and ballerina Matilda (Matylda) Krzesinska. The film has gained a lot of publicity long before its release. In particular, State Duma deputy Natalya Poklonskaya has been fervently opposing its demonstration and distribution.