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Khodorkovsky, Documentary

Filmmaker Cyril Tuschi IN PERSON Wednesday, November 30, 7:50 show

“Is he a victim, a villain or both? One thing is certain, his plight proves that when it comes to a system of justice, Vladimir Putin’s Russia isn’t all that far removed from Stalin’s or Ivan the Terrible’s.” – George Robinson, The Jewish Week

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once the richest man in Russia. Today, he’s one of the world’s most famous political prisoners. A story of Shakespearean proportions, The New York Times has reported on Khodorkovsky in both its news and oped pages. Joe Nocera (June 4, 2011) writes: “Over the past six months, I’ve written three columns about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Russian oligarch who has been in prison since 2003, charged, tried, convicted — and recently reconvicted — on transparently bogus tax and embezzlement charges… His real crime, after all, was challenging Vladimir Putin, the Russian strongman. More importantly, Khodorkovsky’s fate stands as a powerful illustration of Russia’s biggest problem: the contempt the country’s corrupt rulers have for the rule of law.” Fascinating interviews with Khodorkovsky (sometimes sitting in a glass box in the courtroom), members of his family, and others portray a country transformed from its moribund Communist past to one in which power-hungry politicians are abetted by a corrupt, drunken and cynical younger generation. Stark black and white animated sequences help tell an amazing back-story that plays like a political thriller.

GERMANY, 2010, 111 MINS. IN RUSSIAN, GERMAN & ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES, KINO LORBER FILMS

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