Citizen K

Riveting. A scalding portrait of Putin's Russia.


Citizen K

Oscar® winning writer-director Alex Gibney’s revelatory CITIZEN K is an intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia from the perspective of the enigmatic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oligarch turned political dissident. Benefitting from the chaos that ensued after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Khodorkovsky was able to amass a fortune in financing and oil production and became the richest man in Russia. But when he accused the new Putin regime of corruption, Khodorkovsky was arrested, his assets were seized and following a series of show trials, he was sentenced to more than ten years in prison. Today, as an exile living in London, he continues to speak out against Putin’s two-decade stranglehold on power. Expertly researched and photographed, Gibney uses Khodorkovsky’s story as a way to explore the complex interplay between oligarchy and government and its destructive effect on democracy, in Russia and beyond.

"4 stars... Absorbing. What a Strange story and it's not over yet." ~ The Guardian

"4 stars... Stunning. A Must See." ~ The Times

"Wholly engrossing." ~ Screen Daily
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Documentary, Politics & World Affairs, Fascism, Crime
Russian, English
Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney
Guy Lodge, Variety

“He wants to be Jesus Christ, but he has a past.” So says one political commentator about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the mercurial political activist under scrutiny in “Citizen K,” and if the remark seems blandly unfair on the face of it — who doesn’t have a past? — it’s hard to imagine Jesus himself ...

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