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Moscow (02:33)


Vasiliy Kolotilov documents the lives of those in Russia who oppose the war in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin has enacted laws that crackdown on protests and reporting. (Credits)

St. Petersburg (03:43)

Sonia Subbotina discusses protesting the war in Ukraine and Sasha Skochilenko's arrest for creating price labels that oppose the war. Putin's laws make opposition a crime.

Siberia, Eastern Russia (05:26)

Olga Mutovina and Elena Trifonova risk imprisonment to report on Russian military deaths in Ukraine; Russia classifies the deaths as state secrets. The Russian military draws heavily from the Lake Baikal area; it has one of the highest casualty rates. The reporters film a funeral service.

St. Petersburg: Social Media Activist (05:02)

Natalia opposes Putin and the war, and posts about life in Russia on TikTok. Her channel receives tens of thousands of views outside Russia. Natalia discusses repression and state television; resistance is ongoing.

Volgograd (03:26)

Roman Melnichenko's parents live under Russian bombardment in Nikopol, Ukraine. He uploads conversations with his mother on YouTube. He shared a video of destroyed Russian tanks and police arrest him for spreading false information.

Siberia, Eastern Russia: Database (03:30)

Mutovina and Trifonova move their office to avoid authorities. They compile a database of soldiers from their region who have died—publishing the list amounts to the disclosure of state secrets. The women visit the gravesite of a young man from a remote village.

St. Petersburg: Bail Hearing (05:08)

Kolotilov films Skochilenko's court hearing. Subbotina reflects on the aggressiveness of Skochilenko's prosecution. The judge orders spectators out of the courtroom and delivers her verdict five hours later; Skochilenko remains in custody.

Volgograd: Shelling (02:57)

Melnichenko watches video of Russian shelling in Nikopol and talks with his mother via phone; his father refuses to go to the basement or build a bomb shelter. Approximately 11 million people in Russia have relatives in Ukraine.

St. Petersburg: Patriotism (02:05)

Zed is the main symbol of Russian patriotism; Russia is a military country. Natalia visits her father's grave and reflects on TikTok comments.

Siberia, Eastern Russia: Militia Fighter (06:53)

Mutovina and Trifonova locate relatives of the Russian soldier recently buried in a remote village. They learn he died fighting as a sniper in Ukraine and the circumstances surrounding his death; a veteran's group brought his body home. Casualties are hidden victims.

St. Petersburg: Incarceration (01:28)

Skochilenko sends Subbotina drawings of life in prison. A human rights organization exhibits the drawings in Moscow; police confiscate the works.

Volgograd: Russian Youth (01:17)

Melnichenko worries about his daughter growing up in a country that does not tolerate dissent. Children are targets of military propaganda.

September 21, 2022 (04:21)

Putin calls for a partial mobilization; Natalia and other protestors take to the streets. Police arrest Mutovina and Trifonova; they flee to a neighboring country after their release. Skochilenko faces 10 years in prison for spreading false information.

Moscow: Partial Mobilization (02:13)

A wave of men, including Kolotilov, flees the Russian draft. Will the future of Russia be democratic or authoritarian? See an update on film participants.

Credits: Putin's War at Home (01:02)

Credits: Putin's War at Home

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Defiant Russians push back against Putin’s crackdown on critics of the war in Ukraine. Facing arrest and imprisonment, the inside stories of activists and journalists refusing to stay silent and protesting the Kremlin’s war effort.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL283767

Copyright date: ©2022

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