Men disrupt Moscow screening of Polish director’s film about Soviet-era Ukraine: report

A group of around 30 young men on Thursday disrupted a Moscow screening of Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s movie „Mr. Jones” about a 1930s famine in Soviet Ukraine, a website has reported.

Agnieszka Holland.

Agnieszka Holland.PAP/Maciej Kulczyński

The screening, co-organised by the Polish Institute in Moscow at the headquarters of Russia’s Memorial human rights group, had to be cancelled after the assailants stormed the venue and intimidated the audience, the dorzeczy.pl website reported.

They shouted hostile slogans, such as “scum,” “fascists,” and “get out of Russia,” according to the Polish website.

Łukasz Jasina, the spokesman for Poland’s foreign ministry, on Friday morning tweeted that the ministry remained in contact with the organisers and was monitoring the situation.

A political thriller co-produced by Poland, Britain and Ukraine in 2019, Mr. Jones tells the story of Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, who reported on the Great Famine in Soviet Ukraine, a man-made disaster that killed millions in 1932 and 1933.

Jones was murdered in 1935 under mysterious circumstances amid suspicion that his death had been engineered by the Soviet NKVD secret police.

Founded in 1988, the Polish Institute in Moscow is affiliated with Poland’s foreign ministry. It is tasked with promoting Polish art, culture and science in Russia, as well as forging Polish-Russian links in culture, science and technology, dorzeczy.pl reported.

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Source: dorzeczy.pl

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