Putin’s Witnesses

Vitaly Mansky | Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic | 2018 | 102'

Category - Central & Eastern Europe, Surviving My Homeland



The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new president, Vladimir Putin. The film is based on unique and strictly documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation "Successor", as a result of which Russia ended up with a president who still rules the country. The protagonists of the film are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian nation, as always being a silent witness of its own destiny. The editing highlights discreetly moments which, in retrospect, look prophetic for the Putin era.


Director:Vitaly Mansky

Producer:Natalia Manskaya, Gabriela Bussmann, Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák

Production Company:Studio Vertov, Golden Egg Production, Hypermarket Film

Editor:Gunta Ikere

Cinematographer:archival material

Sound:Anrijs Krenbergs