CBC Our World - The Putin Legacy

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CBC Our World - The Putin Legacy

Post by MVGroup » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:12 am

The Putin Legacy

Biography, History, Sociopolitical Documentary narrated by Brian Stewart and published by CBC broadcasted as part of CBC Our World series in 2008 - English narration




Sunday, February 17 @ 6:30 PM ET, 3:30 PT, 7:30 PM Maritimes

As Vladimir Putin prepares to hand the Presidency of Russia to his chosen
successor we look at the controversial stamp he leaves on his country. The
program includes an interview with a vocal critic about the cautionary tale
of Mikhail Khordorkovsky, the billionaire entrepreneur who crossed Putin and
became a Siberian prisoner, and a report from our CBC correspondent Alexandra
Szacka on Putin's rewriting of the Soviet past, to suit an authoritarian
future. Also, we have an interview with CBC producer Alex Shprintsen who is
preparing a documentary about the reasons for the popularity of Putin in

On March 2nd Russians go to the polls to choose a new President to replace
Vladimir Putin after eight years in the job. In the West, observers are
reluctant to call this an "election", so suspect is the process. The Kremlin
has put forward a candidate, Dimitri Medvedev, who will, undoubtedly become
the next President. His only real competitor, an opponent of Putin's, named
Mikhail Kazyanov, was banned from the ballot on trumped up charges. Putin
will remain powerful. He's expected to become Prime Minister. The Russian
media, largely muzzled, is cowed by the Kremlin's power moves. In the West,
leaders are shocked by this retreat from democracy, but uncertain about how
to respond.

One vocal critic, though, is a Canadian lawyer named Robert Amsterdam. He
has been tied to Russia ever since he became a lawyer for Mikhail
Khodorkovsky. He's the famous Russian tycoon who ended up in a Siberian jail,
after crossing Putin in 2003. Back then, Khodorkovsky was Russia's richest
man after buying up a huge oil company during the years of unregulated
privatization. At that time, in the early 1990'S, the government sold public
companies for cheap prices to well connected insiders. Many became instant
millionaires. Khodorkovsky was among the most influential of the new
capitalists...until he publicly criticized Putin and started supporting
opposition parties. He soon felt Putin's steel fist. Arrested for fraud
and tax evasion he has landed in a prison near Mongolia for a nine year
term. This may stretch longer.

Robert Amsterdam continues to represent Khodorkovsky, despite the setbacks.
Many ordinary Russians are unsympathetic to the tycoon, believing he made
his fortune at their expense. But Amsterdam is adament that Khodorkovsky's
fate illustrates the brutality of the Putin Regime.

Vladimir Putin's legacy will be having attempted to restore some of the
power and prestige of Russia, lost when the Soviet Union was dissolved in
the 1990's.

In that, he was successful, largely because of an oil boom that brought some
prosperity and renewed influence to an impoverished country. But Putin, a
product of former Communist and KGB networks, has clear ideas about what was
good about the past.

Unlike Boris Yeltsin before him, he did not turn his back entirely on the
Soviet era. Putin is also, it seems, not as critical of Josef Stalin and his
period in power from the 1930's to the 1950's, a time of dictatorship and
repression, but also one of nation building and a victory at War. The CBC's
Moscow correspondent, Alexandra Szacka, explores in a report on our program,
the Putin government's efforts to reappraise the Stalin era..to the horror of
many historians and survivors of the Stalinist terror.

Finally, we also have an interview with a journalist here at the CBC who has
covered Russia for many years, producer Alex Shprintsen. He's headed to
Moscow next week to work on a documentary exploring something the West has
never fully understood, the undeniable popularity of Vladimir Putin and of
many of his policies.


Technical Specs

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1) Related Documentaries
* Putin's Next Move
* The Putin System
* The Rise and Fall of the Russian Oligarchs
* The Russian Godfathers

2) ed2k Links

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