January 25, 2020
UK / USA
English and Russian with English subtitles
ABOUT THE FILM
Once considered the wealthiest man in Russia, the enigmatic Mikhail Khodorkovsky rocketed to prominence in the 1990s before being arrested, imprisoned, stripped of his assets and exiled, only to become an unlikely advocate for Russian democracy and human rights. This specific yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia – from the perspective of a former oligarch turned anti-Putin dissident – brims with penetrating interviews with journalists, business people and legal experts. Revealing parallels between the ways both Khodorkovsky and Putin navigated modern Russia’s Wild West kleptocracy, this expertly researched nonfiction thriller was nominated for Best Documentary at the Philadelphia and Warsaw International Film Festivals.