Ariana Bacle
April 16, 2015 AT 03:54 PM EDT

Child 44, a thriller set during Joseph Stalin’s rule, opens internationally Friday—but Russian moviegoers won’t be able to see it. Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky banned the film Wednesday for “distorting historical facts,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

The film follows a secret police agent (Tom Hardy) who hunts for a man who kills children, but this quest is made difficult by the government’s attempt to cover up the crimes. And Medinsky’s not happy about that characterization of Russia: “This is how our country—the same one that was victorious in the Great War, became a world leader and put the first man in space—is being portrayed,” he said, WSJ reports.

Read more about Medinsky’s complaints over at the Wall Street JournalWatch the film’s trailer below. 

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