Can anyone confirm that Leprechaun 4 In Space was released in 1996 in Russia? It has a 1997 date in the USA but still remains a 1996 title because of a supposed Russian video release. Any information would be helpful.
As far as my knowledge goes Russian distribution in the 90's was not as developed as to have earlier releases then rest of the world. There were a few cases like that including Highlander: The Source, but that was much later.
So, unless something really, REALLY odd happened it is likely a typing error which changed the year or another such kind of mishap.