Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvineko File

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Director: ANDREI NEKRASOV

Director Andrei Nekrasov’s fi lm contains a withering 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 fl ed 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 fi gures, laundering money, harassing wealthy Russian businessmen who publicly oppose his policies, and generally creating an atmosphere of fear and oppression designed to crush opposition.

— Toronto Film Fest, 2007

(In Russian and English with English subtitles)

RUSSIA • 2007 • 106 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: ANDREI NEKRASOV

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