2017-10-13 12:32:00

Christian State leader Kalinin charged with extremism

Moscow, October 13, Interfax - Christian State leader Alexander Kalinin, who was arrested for trying to deter organizations from screening the film Matilda, has been charged with extremism, an informed source told Interfax on Thursday.

"A criminal case was opened against Alexander Kalinin based on Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code [fanning hatred or feud or belittling a person's dignity]," the source said.

The case was opened after investigators studied videos of Kalinin insulting Muslims on the Internet, the source said. Kalinin himself posted the videos.

He was detained on September 23 in connection with a criminal investigation opened into attempts to deter film providers from screening Alexey Uchitel's film Matilda. On the same day, Moscow's Tagansky District Court arrested him until November 22.

Kalinin denies his guilt but does not deny that he has sent letters with threats to movie theaters for religious reasons.