IMDb > Khodorkovsky (2011)
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Khodorkovsky (2011) More at IMDbPro »

Videos (see all 3)
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!


User Rating:
6.9/10   802 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Cyril Tuschi (screenplay)
View company contact information for Khodorkovsky on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
30 November 2011 (USA) See more »
Khodorkovsky, the richest Russian, challenges President Putin. A fight of the titans begins. Putin warns him... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Important point ignored See more (3 total) »


  (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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
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

Did You Know?

Maksim Valetzky:Don't mess with the politics!See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Pavel Korchagin (1957)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
0 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Important point ignored, 21 January 2014
Author: carole-757-625405 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

In the movie, the writer/producer fails to point out that the sale of YUKOS OIL's assets and other assets sold to the oligarchs was a move by Yeltsin to protect the Russian economy from being "owned" by business outside Russia. If the assets placed in the auction had been offered for their true value, only large corporations outside of Russia would have been able to afford them. In order to have them owned by Russian businesses, they were offered for rock bottom prices. Only a few business people in Russia had the assets to acquire businesses such as Yukos.

Whether it was "stealing" from the Russian people is a moral question that is difficult to answer since the practical reason for the sales was so complex. Prior to the sale, the government owned all the assets, so did the government "steal" from the people by controlling all the assets? Did the government provide its citizens the benefits of those resources, or did government officials plunder the assets, too. According to continuing reports from analysts who study Russian politics, Putin has amassed a fortune estimated at $60 billion during his terms in office. Did he acquire those assets through corruption or legitimate means? At least when business people own assets, the people they employ benefit by receiving a salary. In the U.S. the discrepancy between what CEOs earn and what the average worker earns represents a gap of about 475%. Some people in the U.S. view CEOs as "stealing" from the shareholders.

If the documentary had presented some of these facts so viewers could see that this is not a "black and white" issue, the movie would have provided a more substantive explanation of what happened during the 90s and how Russia and Khordorkvsky changed - from a country that had begun to move toward democracy to one with an iron-fisted leader who appears to be as corrupt as most Russians view Khordorkvsky.

As a documentarian myself, I know it is difficult to present this complex subject in a brief and interesting film. I do think the writer/producer tried because the movie talks about Khordorkvsky's taking advantage of the "system" which at the time was totally legal when he bought Yukos to the Khordorkvsky who was supporting the opposition movement. Whether he was doing it for political gain (wanting to be president), I doubt. Recent events show that was not the case.

His public statement that the president needed to do something about corruption viewed as the catalyst for his arrest indicates that he was attempting to present his new-found capitalistic business approach as a better way for Russian to operate - to attract foreign investment. Whether it was arrogant of him to speak publicly to the president is an open question, but in the U.S., people challenge the president constantly to "fix" what's wrong with the country. One has to decide - was Khordorkvsky being arrogant, or was he operating under the assumption that government can affect changes in problems facing the country as is expected in a democratic country?

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (3 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Khodorkovsky (2011)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Taking Sides Catherine the Great Spinning Boris East/West - Sex & Politics The Sum of All Fears
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Documentary section IMDb Germany section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.