Letter to Anna | Chicago Reader

Letter to Anna

The crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya covered the Chechen conflict and wrote a scathing book about president Vladimir Putin before she was murdered in her Moscow apartment building in 2006. The crime took place on Putin's birthday, and some of those interviewed in this 2008 documentary imply that he knew about the crime beforehand. Director Eric Bergkraut, who featured Politkovskaya in his 2005 film Coca: The Dove From Chechnya, uses outtakes from that documentary to show her in her prime. He also interviews her family and colleagues as well as Russian expatriates and political activists like former chess champion Garry Kasparov, almost all of whom paint a grim picture of Russia's current government. The most chilling footage shows a beaming Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, a puppet of the Kremlin; the use of torture by his paramilitary forces was the subject of an exposé Politkovskaya had begun writing the week before her assassination. Susan Sarandon narrates. In English and subtitled Russian. 83 min.

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