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  • Actors: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Putin, George Bush
  • Directors: Cyril Tuschi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Trinity Film
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ME44XW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,222 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


When Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia s richest oligarch, begins to support the political opposition and challenges Russia s all powerful president Vladimir Putin, he sets in motion a series of events that are still being felt today and most likely for years to come.

Enraged, Putin instructs his secret service police to arrest Khodorkovsky in a dramatic raid on his private jet in October 2003 and then banishes him on trumped up charges of tax evasion to a Siberian gulag.

Featuring an exclusive interview with Khodorkovsky behind bars (the only one of its kind), and with contributions from major political insiders and journalists, Khodorkovsky traces the metamorphosis of Russia s richest man into its most famous political prisoner. Unveiling the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics and business in post Soviet Russia, director Cyril Tuschi asks the million Ruble question why did Khodorkovsky leave friends and family behind for life in a Siberian gulag?

Special Features:

- Over 30min of deleted and extended scenes including: Khdorkovsky and the Russian opposition, being Jewish, his enemies, prison, his first million dollars
- UK theatrical trailer

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexa VINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
The blurb for this is a little misleading: it is not a drama-documentary, although it does recount the story of its subject's life through the use of newsreel material, combined with striking animated sequences, representing key events.

Its great strength is in the access the film's maker has obtained to people from all period's of the man's life - both his supporters, and those who condemn him. Notable inclusions are his mother, his first wife, his son Pavel, his former business partner, his British mentor, his former head of security at Yukos (an ex-KGB officer), other former employees, and some prominent current Russian politicians. And, of course, Mikhail Khodorkovsky himself - interviewed through the grille of the courtroom cage during his second trial.

Its only weakness is in the rather obtrusive ego of the film-maker, who spends rather too much time telling us about himself, how he became interested in the subject, and his own cleverness in gaining access to so many major protagonists. (This seems a pervasive malaise of modern film-makers - this assumptionm that they themselves are as fascinating as their subjects.)

This gives the film an interminably slow start and is rather redundant, since Tuschi has, indeed, done a remarkable job at getting beyond the myth - both that of his supporters, and that of his demonisers - to an understanding of the brilliant, yet flawed, man himself.

It also proposes the most comprehensible explanation I have yet heard for why, when his fellow oligarchs were fleeing, Khodorkovsky chose to return to Russia.
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They beautifully blend audio narration, film footage and stylised animation to tell the story of Khodorkovsky.
It is able to entertain whilst still remaining factually correct.
A must see for anyone who wants to know more more about the political situation in Russia and does not yet know about Khodorkovsky.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By isabellekm on 6 Mar. 2012
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An excellent documentary, for people interested in Russian politics or those who know nothing about it. Well researched and interesting. Thoroughly recommend.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr D. on 24 Mar. 2012
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This DVD starts with a ten minute series of advertisements, for gentlemen's suits, and films I have never heard of and would never wish to see. This had to be accepted when DVDs were given free by newspapers some years ago, but it is unforgiveable in a commercial product for which one has paid, especially as there seems to be no way of fast-forwarding to the start of the film.
This is a very long film, very slow in parts, with some English dialogue which is difficult to hear against the almost constant background noise, where the subtitles provided for the Russian, German and French speaking characters would have been valuable. The most interesting part is towards the end, when Khodorkovsky speaks to the camera. He comes across as a strong, resilient, probably honest but naive character, who mistakenly thought that the rule of law reigned in Russia. If he is ever released, and comes to lead an opposition party dedicated to establishing democracy in the country, his chances of success, or even of survival, seem slim. The power of big business corporations and underground political forces come across as still immense. An interesting technical feature is the very striking black and white scene-changing animation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
interesting but doesn't go deep enough... 15 April 2014
By D.Lockhart - Published on
there is more to this story than just the evil empire under Putin and his minions. how did Khodorkovsky acquire his wealth??? really, how? behind every great fortune is a great criminal. tell us the whole story, not just parts of it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Rating 3 Jun. 2014
By K. Thompson - Published on
Fairly good documentary. Thought that it was disjointed at times. It does serve a useful purpose to inform. I enjoyed it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If Every Criminal Was a Billionaire... 5 Nov. 2014
By Mitzie - Published on
Format: DVD
Gave it two stars because if nothing else it was well produced agitprop. As it stands, this video was more like a one sided campaign ad for Kodorkovsky then a serious documentary.
If every convicted criminal was a billionaire we would probably would see many more self serving docudramas.
An unbiased movie which showed from where and why the "oligarchs" obtained the capital to loot the assets of the former Soviet Union would be fascinating and perhaps shed light on many of the international intrigues and conflicts which still threaten the world.
Five Stars 31 Oct. 2014
By Victoria M. Robertson - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
To me it's a very interesting and informative documentary.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant, intriguing and riveting 7 Nov. 2012
By Timeo Danaos - Published on
Format: DVD
This is one of the best documentary movies I have seen lately. The story of Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky, the most powerful oligarch who became the most prominent prisoner and who remains a large thorn in Vladimir Putin's side is like the stuff of myth and dark age history. Yet it is the story of contemporary Russia, dexterously captured by the filmmaker Cyril Tuschi. As a close portrait of Khodorkovsky it shows a man of pride and many flaws but also a man of bold virtues. The documentary works also on a personal and microscopic level: all history and tragedy set aside it is the story of a dedicated young journalist who arrives in a country which usually does not welcome the press, armed with a camera and a notebook and who experiences all ups and downs of such a journey. Well as you can probably guess by now, I liked this documentary. But if you aim for a deeper understanding of the modern post-cold-war history and the political atmosphere in current Russia - this is the ticket.
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