, threats and violence. matilda, which tells the story of a romance between the then—future tsar nicholas ii and a ballerina, has attracted huge attention ever since 0rthodox activists led by a russian mp began a campaign against it. the film has become the latest test case of artistic freedom in russia, as 0ur moscow correspondent sarah rainsford reports from the premiere in st petersburg. this is how extremists responded to a film about russia's last tsar. they torched two cars and ran another one into an empty cinema. this is what upset them. matilda is russia's most controversial film in years. a love story about a ballerina and a future tsar. more soap opera than biopic it has become a test of artistic freedom here, as the violence to ban it has grown. despite the threats, matilda made it to opening night. with the arsonist arrested, celebrities, socialites and stars poured in for the saint petersburg premiere. after months of threats, violence and controversy, matilda is finally getting its moment on the red carpet. some foreign stars are not here because of security concer
artistic freedom. a controversial new film on tsar nicolas ii finally hits screens in russia after months of bitter protest. get in touch with us using the hashtag 'beyond—one—hundred—days' hello and welcome, i'm katty kay in washington and christian fraser is in london. president trump has difficulty telling the truth, he's not a good role model for children and he is debasing america. those aren't ours views, they are not the views of a democrat, those are the opinions of a top republican in washington. senator bob corker is retiring next year but until then he is speaking his mind on the subject of donald trump. the powerful chairman of the foreign relations committee gave a series of interviews on us tv today in which he came close to saying he doesn't even fully trust mr trump with the nuclear codes. it's not the first time the two men have tangled, but it is the most explosive. here he is earlier today. it's a sad place from my perspective for our nation and i think the worst of it is gona be the whole debasing of nation. of it is gonna be the whole debasing of nation.
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