From Vladivostok to Moscow, we take a journey across Russia from East to West to check the pulse of Russian democracy. A road movie that spans more than 9,000 kilometers full of interviews and encounters with representatives of Russian civil society, their “third sector” of society, who refuse the dictates of power and protest against massive corruption.This trip starts deep in the province, far from the capital… in Russia’s Far East city of Vladivostok. We’ll meet a young entrepreneur, Alexei, who can no longer stand being “strangled” by Moscow, as well as mothers who go on a hunger strike to obtain a place in nursery school for their children. Then the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest railway in the world, takes us into one of the very symbols of the gulag cities: Khabarovsk. In this city, activists are fighting to keep alive the memory of millions of victims of Soviet camps. In an amnesiac state, we are going to meet Vitaly, a former ‘Zek’, political prisoner, and his family. We make a brief stop in Irkutsk near Lake Baikal, and we give a voice to environmental activists who are fighting to preserve the largest and deepest lake in the world. We are also seeking out the middle class, to better understand a socio-economic group which has supposedly benefited from the economic boom under Putin. In Novosibirsk, we meet a mother who lost her baby of nine months and is now fighting for better access to medical care. We also follow the general elections from December 2011, marred by alleged widespread fraud and the mounting anger that ensues. Anger that pushes thousands of demonstrators into the streets and gives birth to the first mass movement of dissent against Putin. From Vladivostok to Moscow, we film the birth of this movement through the gripping stories of activists and ordinary citizens.
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Director: Herade Feist, Mathieu Pansard & Daniel Leconte
Author : Herade Feist, Mathieu Pansard & Daniel Leconte
Length : 52′
Year : 2012
Producer : Daniel Leconte