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Disbelief (2004)
"Nedoverie" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  January 2004 (USA)
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Documentary about the 1999 bombing of an apartment building in Moscow which sheds light on both terrorism and post-Soviet government operations.

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A fatal bomb blast in a Moscow apartment building ignites a fury of questions about terrorism, shadow politics, and post-Soviet intrigue in Disbelief , a film as much about the high art of political deception as it is about violence and human tragedy. The bombing on September 9, 1999, of a nine-story working-class apartment complex in Moscow was quickly blamed on Chechen terrorists. But was it their crime? Or did the Russian secret service deflect its own responsibility for the bombing on the Chechens to heighten national fear and hysteria and justify Russia's subsequent military attack on the breakaway republic? Written by Anonymous

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nicely made propaganda piece
5 December 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

1. for those who don't know the second Chechen war started in August 1999, a moth before the explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk. It started with unprovoked invasion of the Chechen guerrillas of Dagestan. They invaded Dagestan with the aim to create a joint Chechen-Dagestani Muslim state. From 2 of August Russia was already at war with Chechnya and there was absolutely no motive for the special forces of Russia to bomb the houses in Moscow in September. This simple fact is constantly ignored by all the conspiracy theory adepts, who link the bombings of the houses with the beginning of the second Chechen war. 2. although, there was a lot of disturbingly unclear about the Ryazan 'training', it in itself doesn't prove anything. This is the only part of the movie which actually contributes in any way to the conspiracy theory. 3. This so-called documentary makes no effort to present the full picture of what was going on, neither is it interested in any facts or allegations that don't conform to the preconceived notion of the director. The final scenes of Chechen mothers weeping over their dead kids shown in a row with the Russian women who have lost their relatives in the bombings and all this after a ridiculous interview with Zakaev is but a cheap and disgusting attempt to play on the viewers' emotions to press home the director's point. 4.Zakaev's interview is put in the movie to give more credibility to the director's idea, but it is just ridiculous. I almost fell from the chair when he said that the Chechens couldn't be behind this because it was so barbaric and even the 'frozen' ones wouldn't dare to to this as they wouldn't find a place in the Chechen community after committing such a barbaric act of terror. Mr Zakaev obviously forgot Budenovsk, Kizlyar, the slave trade, the public executions, the cutting off of the heads of the Western journalists, and all the sh*t that was going on in his little jihad paradise during 1995-2000. All those people who are responsible for those acts lived comfortably in Ichkeria until Russians hunted down and eliminated them one by one. So, overall, this is the nicely cut propaganda piece for the western public. I've heard the next work of this director will be a film on Litvinenko or Yushekno's poisoning and it's gonna be made with the money of Berezovsky.


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