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also known as Rebellion

Poisoned by Polonium2007

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  • 3.9
"If anything should happen to me, I beg you to show this tape to the whole world." On November 23rd, 2006, these words, spoken on camera by exiled former KGB and FSB (post communist Russia's dreaded new secret police) agent Alexander "Sasha" Litvinenko, became a gruesome self-fulfilling prophecy. After an agonizingly painful ordeal, Litvinenko succumbed to what was allegedly radiation poisoning from a lethal dose of toxic Polonium-210, surreptitiously slipped into his tea during a London meeting with two FSB ex-colleagues three weeks earlier. Filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov exposes the truth behind a crime that shocked the world and provoked a war of words between Russia and England that continues to this day. Both a nuanced documentary requiem for a friend and a searing personal indictment of Vladimir Putin's de facto dictatorship and Russia's hidden history of tyrannical secret police repression going all the way back to the Tsars.

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Good documentary, however it was a bit drawn out, Interesting nonetheless.

The film seems disjointed in place, and it certainly helps to have some familiarity with and interest in recent events in Russia. Nevertheless it's a fascinating and troubling expose of the situation there since the end of communism in 1999. Frankly, if Edward Snowden has a conscience, he should refuse to even go there, much less stand up as a defender of free speech and press in a country whose leaders "silence" their critics with bullets and polonium.

Wow a great movie, let me see how much opression russian people have to deal with, the sense of justice of a few against the olygarchs who will do anything to to preserve their power