2017-09-21 15:48:00

Four detained over car arson near office of Matilda film director's lawyer - Russian Interior Ministry

Moscow, September 21, Interfax - Four people have been detained as part of an inquiry opened after cars were set on fire near the office of Konstantin Dobrynin, the lawyer of Alexey Uchitel, the director of the film Matilda, and three of them have been charged, the Russian Interior Ministry said.

"Four suspects have been detained as part of a criminal investigation opened into an arson attack on cars on Starokonyushenny Lane. Three of them have already been charged with committing the aforementioned crime," Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk told Interfax on Thursday.

On September 11, Dobrynin wrote on his Facebook page that unidentified arsonists had set a car on fire outside the office of Pen&Paper, a legal firm, on Starokonyushenny Lane. Visible in the photos attached to the post are pieces of paper saying: "Burn for Matilda." Police opened a criminal investigation into the intentional damage to property after two cars, one Honda and one Mercedes, were burned outside the office.

Dobrynin later asked Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov to probe the Christian State organization on terrorism charges. In his request, Dobrynin drew Bortnikov's attention to Christian State - Holy Rus leader Alexander Kalinin's interview with the website Meduza, which, according to the lawyer, contains remarks justifying violence and property destruction to achieve a ban on Matilda.

The film's official release is scheduled for October 26. The film deals with the relationship between future Emperor Nicholas II and ballerina Matilda (Matylda) Krzesinska against the background of landmark events in Russian history.

The film gained publicity long before its release. It has drawn a vigorously negative reaction from State Duma deputy Natalya Poklonskaya.

It was reported on Wednesday that Kalinin and another three suspects in the car arson case had been detained in the Lipetsk Region.