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Khodorkovsky -- The true rags-to-riches-to-rags story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Russian oligarch who spoke out against state corruption, only to be arrested and convicted on transparently false tax and embezzlement charges. A brilliantly constructed piece of investigative filmmaking, KHODORKOVSKY sweeps the viewer along as filmmaker Cyril Tuschi embarks on a personal journey to track his man down.
Khodorkovsky -- A documentary about the former owner of Yukos Oil, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and his journey from a socialist believer to a perfect capitalist and subsequently becoming the most known Russian prisoner.
Khodorkovsky -- Khodorkovsky, the richest Russian, challenges President Putin. A fight of the titans begins. Putin warns him. 
But Khodorkovsky comes back to Russia knowing, that he will be imprisoned, once he returns.
When i heard about it, I asked myself: why didn't.
Worldwide release in November / December 2011!


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30 November 2011 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Mikhail Khodorkovsky ... Himself
Pavel Khodorkovsky ... Himself
Marina Khodorkovskaya ... Herself
Lena Khodorkovskaya ... Herself
Anton Drel ... Himself
Joschka Fischer ... Himself
Vladimir Putin ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Anatoliy Chubays ... Himself
Grigoriy Yavlinskiy ... Himself
Nina Kravets ... Herself
Maksim Valetzky ... Himself
Leonid Nevzlin ... Himself
Mikhail Brudno ... Himself
Christian Michel ... Himself
Evgeny Saburov ... Himself
Aleksey Kondaurov ... Himself
Dmitry Gololobov ... Himself
Andrey Vasilev ... Himself (as Andrei V. Vasilyev)
Boris Nemtsov ... Himself
Ben Aris ... Himself
Igor Yurgens ... Himself
Alexander Temerko ... Himself
Boris Ponomariov ... Himself
Milan Horácek ... Himself
Ilya Yashin ... Himself

Jean-Marc Barr ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wanja Mues ... Reader of Khodorkovsky's Letters (voice: German version)
Udo Wachtveitl ... Narrator (voice: German version)
Gerhard Schröder ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Boris Yeltsin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Cyril Tuschi 
Writing credits
Cyril Tuschi (screenplay)

Produced by
Simone Baumann .... co-producer
Maike Beba .... line producer
Yelena Durden-Smith .... creative producer
Claudia Gatzke .... executive producer
Thomas Schmidt .... creative producer
Claudia Simionescu .... commissioning editor: BR
Cyril Tuschi .... producer
Cinematography by
Peter Dörfler 
Eugen Schlegel 
Cyril Tuschi 
Film Editing by
Salome Machaidze 
Cyril Tuschi 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renata Kossenko .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Martin Frühmorgen .... sound designer
Gerry Jochum .... dubbing director
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist
Holger Lehmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Oliver Balazs .... modeler
Frank Lenhard .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Grigory Rudko .... camera operator
Music Department
Martin Frühmorgen .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Aaron Craemer .... script editor
Jutta Doberstein .... script editor
Jasmin Knich .... publicist

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111 min (Berlin International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Ireland:12A | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Not Rated

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Fighting the system you helped establish, 6 April 2012
Author: TheDocHierarchy from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

In 2003, Russian oil magnate Mikhael Khodorkovsky was arrested on charges of fraud by the Putin government. The owner of oil giant Yukos, one of the largest companies to emerge from the privatisation of Russian state assets during the 1990s, Khodorkovsky later had a prominent and public role as a financier of the Russian opposition in the 2000s. Quickly found guilty, the oligarch was sentenced to nine years in prison, later extended to twelve. From prison, Khodorkovsky has waged a campaign in Western media to raise awareness of the injustice of his incarceration and the corruption of the Russian political system that permitted such a turn of events.

Cyril Tuschi's 'Khodorkovsky' is part-biopic, part-criminal investigation, seeking to uncover (against substantial odds) both who the real Khodorkovsky was and whether his well-publicised trial was political posturing on the behest of Putin or an accurate reflection of the murky dealings of the Russian oil industry - an industry borne out of the questionable auctions of the Yeltsin government in the 1990s. Khodorkovsky, in a manner similar to his fellow oligarchs, acquired Yukos in 1995 at one such state auction, paying well below the market value. Soon acquiring a reputation for being a perennial corporate governance abuser, Yukos (and its billionaire owner) underwent a volte face at the turn of the millennium. As it's transparency began to encourage immediate investment. the share price saw a swift upward turn. Simultaneously, on the advice of an American PR firm, Khodorkovsky launched "Open Russia', investing $100 million in Russian education projects. By 2002, Khodorkovsky was both the world's richest man under 40 and the symbol for sound civic governance in a Russia still blighted by corruption and inequality.

Though rich and powerful enough to brush shoulders with the oil magnates of the world, Khodorkovsky's mistake was to take that attitude, that perceived arrogance, and impose it upon a Russian political elite not yet ready to accept their subservience to the new business elite. Specifically, Khodorkovsky butted heads with Putin, ignoring the President's plea for the select group of oil oligarchs to stay out of state politics entirely; associating himself closely with the opposition to Putin's iron-fisted rule, Khodorkovsky emerged as a powerful motor to the campaign offering a increasingly popular alternative. His days were numbered.

Though no saint himself, Khodorkovsky's arrest and incarceration emerge as a representation of everything still wrong with Russian politics. The cronyism expected of the Russian oligarchs in return for ease of operation betray the long road left to transparency, for which Putin remains a sturdy barrier. For as long as he remains behind bars (and Putin remains in power), Khodorkovsky may question his decision to return to Russia (many others sought exile around the same time), but there is hope that he will use the experience to justify a run for office once released. Until then, he waits.

Concluding Thought: Brilliantly paced. Difficult, complex topic rendered manageable.

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