- 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B006ME44XW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,279 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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?
- 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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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.
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.
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.