Abramovich buys theater fined for showing The Death of Stalin
The oligarch has Pioner and Khudozhestvenny in his ownership.
The Russian billionaire bought a stake in Moscow’s Pioner Cinema, which showed the British comedy The Death of Stalin without a rental certificate. He also bought a third of the Khudozhestvenny movie theater.
Roman Abramovich’s Millhouse Capital has been in control of a half of Pioner Cinema and a third of Khudozhestvenny since April this year, Vedomosti found in the database of legal entities SPARK-Interfax. According to their sources, the billionaire had long been the owner of the theaters, but it had not been revealed until now.
The Moscow-based Pioner Cinema was at the center of a scandal earlier this year, when it showed the British comedy The Death of Stalin without a rental certificate. Its owners were fined 100 thousand rubles under the court decision. The comedy was regarded as insulting to the feelings of the Russians according to the country’s Culture Ministry and was banned from theaters.
The second half of the legendary theater belongs to businessman Alexander Mamuta. Is a great honor for him to work with the billionaire, he said. Mamuta and Abramovich own another Moscow theater, Khudozhestvenny, together with the head of Otkryty Holding, Vadim Belyaev.