Protests mar opening of Matilda, biopic inspired by love affair between ballet dancer and future Nicholas II

A film about the love life of the last tsar has opened in Russia after months of debate, threats and attempted arson attacks on cinemas showing previews.

The Moscow premiere of Matilda, which chronicles an affair between the future Nicholas II and the ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya, took place amid heightened security on Tuesday evening.

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