The autocrat’s fatal signature

    RUSSIA: A Sundance-winning docu-thriller following the recent attempt of the Russian opposition leaders life

    «Murder is a terrific way to solve problems. But once you’ve started killing, it’s hard to stop», says Alexei Navalny in a sardonic assessment of the Kremlin’s method of quashing dissent. And he should know — he narrowly escaped death by poisoning from nerve agent Novichok, believed to be president Vladimir Putin’s signature hit weapon, in an assassination attempt in 2020, while taking a plane from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow. The Russian opposition leader is the namesake and subject of Canadian filmmaker Daniel Roher’s documentary Navalny, screening at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. The film offers a broad sense of Navalny as a man and a political figure pitted against Russia’s increasingly authoritarian leader. It hones in on his investigation, together with open-source citizen journalism organisation Bellingcat, into the plot of his own poisoning, finding that truth really is as bizarre as fiction.

    The film offers a broad sense of Navalny as a man and a political figure pitted against Russia’s increasingly authoritarian leader.

    A modern thriller

    Navalny opens with Navalny and Roher debating what kind of documentary . . .

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