Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File | Chicago Reader

Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File

The notorious poisoning death of Russian whistle-blower Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006 has already inspired one documentary, Jos de Putter and Masha Novikova's In Memoriam Alexander Litvinenko, but the narrative of that 55-minute Dutch film was so garbled that the subject called out for another treatment. This 2007 “testimony” by Russian filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov runs 40 minutes longer, and though it fails to provide as detailed an account of Litvinenko's career with the Russian security service, his charges against his former colleagues, or his defection to Great Britain, Nekrasov's numerous digressions add up to a more comprehensive sense of what Russia was like under Vladimir Putin—in a word, grim. In English and subtitled Russian.

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