Russian Godfathers

Russian GodfathersThis BBC documentary series examines the relationship between Russia’s richest men (the oligarchs) and Putin’s administration in the Kremlin.

Broadcast a year before the Litvinenko murder, this fascinating series lifted the lid on the struggle that still continues between Putin, and his adversaries, the Russian Oligarchs.

The series follows each one in turn to find out what they were up to in the years leading up to 2005, and the crew is granted intimate access. Two of the five are now in exile, wanted on criminal charges, and planning their own anti-Putin campaigns with their wealth and influence.

The second episode follows the trial and conviction of Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Khodorkovsky’s grinning face was famously beamed across the world from behind the bars of the court’s cage, and this episode reveals the tactics that Putin used to suppress the oil baron and separate him from his company and wealth.

Final part in the formidable series examines Putin’s fight with the only serious rival for the presidency, Yuri Luzhkov. The crew follow Luzhkov, the renegade billionaire Mayor of Moscow as he takes the fight to Putin. This is a fascinating film which shows both the ruthless methods in which Putin crushes his opposition and the extreme corruption that exist at the highest levels of Russian government.

Watch the full documentary now (playlist - 3 hours)

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  • drinker69

    "I knew it was you Vasily. You broke my heart"

  • Sieben Stern

    so let me make sure I understand this...

    wealthy man buys russian resources super cheaply under corrupt system - becomes a billionaire on the backs of the russian people - then turns around and wonders why corrupt system doesn't follow the rule of law when the next corrupt system comes around to take it back.

    you play with pigs, you get dirty.

    I'm a little curious as to who financed this flick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Kukowski/100001515201862 Matt Kukowski

    Putin took away Boris's power in Russia and so now Boris wants it back. Pretty simple... Boris himself calls himself Oligarchy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_REH2DXR4V5DIQYGMLARV3PTNMM babooshka

    the jooz, who else? brokering everything, 'till they are thrown out.. of Egypt, Spain, later the entire Europe, then the USSR.... it's time to learn to share and to share in.... our communities, our nations and our world. As the Russian proverb states, " "?? ????? ??? ?????? ?? ????????... ???? ????? ?????? ?? ????????? ??????????."

  • lakhotason

    It's as if I were reading Dostoyevsky.

  • Guest

    As in bleak, oppressive, claustrophobic misery ? I made it through the first, steeling myself for the rest. Got that lazy friday feeling !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERBIVBO6IPTHGVF4IDZZXQ7PSQ Trash Lashesh

    This Berezovsky is such a sneaky little rat. He never loved Russia. Russia was just a milky cow for him. He was sponsoring Chechen terrorists and sending unprepared Russian troops to die. Huge blow for American president’s brother to be near this filthy rat.

  • John Cury

    This is not a documentary it is a joke. Jewish propaganda, all the people;le supporting Berezovski are Jew’s, all they want is to take control of another super power to serve the interests of Israel. Screw you Berezovski. Let Russia be undemocratic, but at least it will not serve interests of Israel. Furthermore a country should never be ruled by Oligarchs

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000631933465 Fecioru Florin

    I'm going on a journey...

  • Guest

    Oh, are we blaming 'the Jews' again ? Wonderful ! Now if only we could throw Muslims and Gypsies into the mix we'd have a lovely racist hatrick.

  • Oleg zaicev

    Its annoying me how the subtitles are so unreliable and incorrect, furthermore why are England giving him political asylum? This is a man who was overthrown and is seeking revenge, using his money to attack and intimidate the Russian government. Boris Believes in democracy and human rights? what a load of ****! 90's Russia shows different!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1272822073 Jeremy Alexander Lahure

    Boris is not a Jew, actually he is a reformed Orthodox Christian, and has been one since the mid 90's, so your uninformed comments are theoretically wrong and are undue.