The film Guardians was declared propaganda of the Soviet Union’s military power.

The Russian film about Soviet superheroes created by analogy with American Justice League and Avengers will premiere on February 23, the day of the Red Army establishment. But the movie won’t be screened in Lithuania. Local cinemas refused to show it, explaining their decision with the film’s content and symbolic meaning.

The reason for the refusal to screen the film is that it glorifies the Russian army’s power, the country’s aggressive military doctrine and heavy weaponry. One shouldn’t be surprised that the film with such motifs is not welcomed in the country that was occupied by the Soviet army in 1940 under the treaty with the Third Reich. Also, Lithuanian laws forbid using and displaying Soviet symbols, which are equated to Nazi symbols. The movie will be screened in cinemas in Latvia and Estonia, Lithuania’s neighbours.

The film Guardians is set in the Cold War period. The story focuses on a team of superheroes consisting of representatives of the different nationalities of the USSR. Their superpowers reflect stereotypes regarding strengths and traditions of their nations. The trailer for the movie was released last August, six months before the scheduled premiere. It was criticised for low-quality computer graphics and bad acting.

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