Metropolitan Pavel (Ponomaryov), Russia-born Head of the Belarusian Orthodox church, has made a stand for the politician who hated Christianity and ordered to kill priests.
In an interview with Echo TV, Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk blasted Mathilde, Alexei Uchitel’s movie about the Polish lover of Russia’s last tsar Nicholas (Romanov). Interestingly, he does see eye to eye with Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov on this issue.
“I drew attention to the fact that the head of the Chechen Republic criticized Mathilde. The people in the Caucasus retain a sense of national dignity, love of their country, respect for the elderly. His [Kadyrov’s] outrage is quite understandable: today we abuse the Emperor Nicholas II, tomorrow we will insult Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the day after tomorrow – someone else and so on. These days people are trying to make fun of everything connected to the state. In this case, why do we think that we are better than Charlie Hebdo magazine? We are mocking at our history,” he said.
Mathilde, which will premiere on October 25, has already caused a stir among the Russian public. It shows love story of the famous ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska and Nicholas II. The latter was killed by Bolsheviks on July 17, 1918.
In August 2000, the Romanov family was canonized as passion bearers by the Moscow Patriarchate.