(DEUTSCHE WELLE) This documentary looks at the rise of Vladimir Putin using video material never shown before. The two-part film begins its examination with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the year 2000.
(YURI DUD) This film covers the role of the state in the 2004 school siege in North-Ossetia, which involved the imprisonment of over 1,000 people as hostages and the killing of more than 334 people, including 186 children. In Russian with English subtitles.
(RFE/RL) Now 90 years old, Omirzak Doszhanov was a fisherman on the Aral Sea before most of it dried into a dust bowl in one of the world's greatest environmental disasters. He remembers the sea's Soviet heyday and prays for it to return to it's former glory. Azattyq (Kazakh Service of RFE/RL) presents a documentary of Assylkhan Mamashuly about the story of Aral told by a fisherman.
(CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT) Russia’s shadowy mercenaries offer Moscow deniability on the battlefield and a cheap way to build influence across the globe.
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) For some time, concerns have been growing in Germany and other European Union states that Moscow is clandestinely trying to influence elections and other processes. With the European elections coming up, the issue has taken on a new urgency.
(AL JAZEERA) From poisoning former spies in London to tampering in US elections. Leading the military support for Bashar al-Assad in Syria and playing a part in the pro-leave campaign in Britain's Brexit referendum. From nurturing friendly relations with Iran and Turkey to a military attack on Ukraine and subsequent annexation of Crimea... Russian President Vladimir Putin finds himself at the centre of the world's political map.
(RFE/RL) Forty years of Soviet nuclear bomb tests have left a toxic wasteland in Kazakhstan. The nuclear explosions have stopped, but Russia still rents vast swathes of Kazakh territory for missile tests that critics say are devastating for the environment and its inhabitants.
(THE ORCHARD) Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three never before seen interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician. Now 88 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, the former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, is still gently but resolutely pushing towards his goals. Herzog celebrates Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S.
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) On the eve of presidential elections in Ukraine, the power struggle on the Sea of Asov is coming to a head. The Sea of Asov borders both Ukraine and Russia.