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The Kremlin said Thursday it had no knowledge that the character of Russian President Vladimir Putin had been cut from two upcoming Hollywood films over fears of possible hacker attacks.
“We do not know anything about those movies,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian news agency TASS on Thursday.
“We do not know who is making them and what they are about,” he went on to say, as quoted by the outlet. “It is not our topic.”
On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Putin’s character was excised from two upcoming features, Fox’s Red Sparrow and EuropaCorp’s Kursk, over concerns that the studios could be targeted by Russian hackers in retaliation.
Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that it was behind hackers’ attack that targeted the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
Based on former CIA officer Jason Matthews’ novel, Red Sparrow is centered on the story of a Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) hired by the CIA to become a double agent.
Kursk is based on the true story of a Russian submarine that sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea in 2000, just months after Putin was elected president for his first term.
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