Andrei Nekrasov is a well-known Russian dissident filmmaker, who has been particularly outspoken in his criticism of Vladimir Putin, and has made a number of films about the oligarghy in Russia.
In 2016 he decided to make a film about the 37-year-old Russian tax accountant Sergei Magnitsky, who was beaten to death while in Russian police custody, and whose story was the centre of worldwide investigations, acts of Congress, and sanctions against the principal actors.
This was the narrative that Nekrasov believed and was following. He had all principal filming complete, and was at the editing stage of his new film, when he started to notice things didn’t quite add up.
It then became apparent that all the stories about Magnitsky and his fate all came from one source. Even Governmental reports relied on it: that was Bill Browder, whose companies were at the heart of the scandal. This was why everything was not as it appeared in the neo-Hollywood script of Magnitsky’s life and death.
The twists and turns in the film are very well related, and the film succeeds in showing how murky are the workings of players in the financial markets, and how difficult it is to get to the bottom of the story. Well worth a look into as we see one dissident struggle to understand the truth and its implications.
The film was later called into question by those supporting the earlier narrative, but what they don’t explain is why a lifelong opponent of Russian malpractice would in this film seek to exonerate the actors. Whereas it is easy enough to see who might have benefitted from modifying the truth about Magnitsky’s death.
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Dissidents, State, Conspiracy, Corruption, Economics, Law Enforcement, Money Laundering, Regulation, Russia