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POISONED BY POLONIUM: THE LITVINENKO FILE
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"Extraordinary" -New York Times
"Political documentary doesn’t get more fascinating — or depressing — than Andrei Nekrasov’s visual essay" -L.A. Weekly
"Provacative...the film provides a grimly fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a failing democracy" -TimeOut Chicago
Director Andrei Nekrasov's film contains a devastating indictment of the current state of Russia recently under Vladimir Putin, and at the same time it is a fascinating portrait of the former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, fatally poisoned in London last year. Nekrasov had full access to Alexander Litvinenko when the latter fled to London after holding a press conference in Moscow, accusing the Russian secret service of a series of misdeeds. The film is full of other equally revealing testimonies – such as an interview with Anna Politkovskaya, the investigative journalist killed in Moscow in 2006 – as well as clandestine video footage and news broadcasts showing the police and former KGB agents at work. In its urgent, hurried, covert feeling, Nekrasov scratches well beneath the surface of contemporary Russia, accusing Putin of ordering the murders of opposition figures, laundering money, harassing wealthy Russian businessmen who publicly oppose his policies, and generally creating an atmosphere of fear and oppression designed to crush opposition.
Directed by Andrei Nekrasov, Russia, 2007, 35mm, 106 mins. In Russian and English with English subtitles.