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Putin's Witnesses (2018)

Svideteli Putina (original title)
A rare glimpse at the young Putin and the vast political machine that brought him to power.

Director:

Vitaliy Manskiy (as Vitaly Mansky)

Writer:

Vitaliy Manskiy (concept)
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Credited cast:
Vladimir Putin ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself
Vitaliy Manskiy Vitaliy Manskiy ... Narrator (voice)
Boris Yeltsin ... Himself (archive footage)
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The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new President Vladimir Putin. The film is based on unique and strictly documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation "Successor", as a result of which Russia ended up with the President who still rules the country. The protagonists of the film are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian nation, as always being a silent witness of its own destiny.

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Russian

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14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Unique material but disappointing end the end
24 September 2018 | by captainzoomSee all my reviews

As a person with general knowledge of Russian and Putin is was very interested to see some unique footage from the start of Putin his reign. It was interesting to see a young Putin come to power. But since the material was filmed as part of a PR-video it didn't really contain very critical questions. Even though this is understandable because nobody knew how things would turn out (Putin being in power for more or less 18 years). For me the documentary also missed more explanation about what exactly was going. It was a fly on the wall type of film but it didn't manage to be much more than that. If it makes one thing clear though it is the excellent understanding of Putin and his helpers that PR and (public) image are key to getting power and maintaining it.


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