Putin’s Witnesses

A film meant for those who are interested to see how president Putin became president Putin.

There aren’t a lot of flies on the walls of the Kremlin but Vitaly Mansky is one of them.

In Monopoly, the sole purpose of the player is to take control of the board and drive others to bankruptcy. What happens after the last move is not instructed in the rulebook, but remains as a privilege of the winner.

At the start of the 2000s, a round of a Russian version of this game was finished when Vladimir Putin was first assigned as acting president and then elected as president. After that the game board changed to the Labyrinth and the rules to that of Happy Families.

In the 90s many met the official, who was forgotten before the loudest ones were done talking. The leap from greyness to ruler by the quiet Vladmir is an enigma from which many developers of strategic games have surely drawn ideas for their next doomsday scenario.

While shooting a PR documentary for the government at the turn of the century, Vitaly Mansky tracked the last few moves before a checkmate. This recycling of material is an exceptionally intimate look not only on pullover wearing Putin grasping power but also on the sighs of ceding Yeltsin – and thus on the massive campaign roulette, that officially did not happen.

Minna Saarinen (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)

Language: Russian
Subtitles: English

Q&A with Vitaly Mansky (director) on Wednesday 30.01. at 15:00 at Savoy

  • Name in Original Language: Svideteli Putina
  • Director: Vitaly Mansky
  • Country: Czech Republic, Latvia, Switzerland
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 107 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Editing: Gunta Ikere
  • Music: Karlis Auzans
  • Production: Natalia Manskaya, Gabriela Bussmann, Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák / Studio Vertov, Golden Egg Production, Hypermarket Film


  • Savoy-teatteri: Wed 30.1. at 15.00
  • Kinopalatsi 5: Thu 31.1. at 17.15
  • Bio Rex: Sat 2.2. at 13.00
  • :
  • :