Russian Culture Ministry has disallowed screening of a movie “Ordered to Forget” in Russian cinemas claiming that it shows scenes which are historically false. The movie shows that the Soviets forcibly deported on the orders of Stalin about 700,000 Chechen nation and the related Ingush group from the North Caucasus to Central Asia in 1944. They were accused of having lack of loyalty to the Russian state.
The culture ministry said in a letter to refuse the issue permit for the film said that scene in the film showing burning of 700 people in the Chechen mountain village of Khaibakh in 1944 were found historically incorrect and without any supporting documentary evidence.
The Minister of Culture claimed that Russian state archives were searched for the facts showing in the film, however, nothing was found suggesting such massacre ever happened.
“As a result of the investigation, no documents were discovered proving the fact of the mass burning of residents,” the ministry wrote. “This allows us to conclude that claims of this ‘event’ are a historical falsification.”
The scriptwriter and producer of the movie “Ordered to Forget”, Ruslan Kokanayev, said that he did not expect such a decision and was sure that distribution license would be issued. He said that the facts shown in the film are known and he will contest the ban in the court of law.