Meet some of the defiant Russians pushing back against President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on critics of the war in Ukraine.
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FRONTLINE tells the inside stories of activists and journalists risking arrest and imprisonment to protest and speak out about the Kremlin’s war effort — from a young woman whose TikToks have gone viral internationally, to an artist facing up to 10 years imprisonment after posting anti-war stickers in a grocery store, to a university professor whose parents live in Ukraine, to independent reporters seeking the truth about the war — including its death toll among the country’s soldiers, information that Russia has deemed a state secret.
As Russia’s war on Ukraine approaches its ninth month and evidence of potential war crimes continues to mount, “Putin's War at Home” is a powerful look at the Russian leader’s efforts to stifle domestic criticism — and some of the people in his country who are speaking out anyway.
“Putin’s Russia is based on fear,” one journalist says in the documentary, adding that, “we decided to continue without censorship, whatever the cost.”
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“Putin’s War at Home” is a Hardcash production for GBH/FRONTLINE in association with ITV. The producer and director is Gesbeen Mohammad. The producer is Vasiliy Kolotilov. The senior producer is Eamonn Matthews. The executive producer for Hardcash Productions is Esella Hawkey. The editor-in-chief and executive producer for FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.
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‘I Wanted to Give a Voice to People Who are Opposing the War That Russia Started’ – 00:00
A Protest of Russia’s War on Ukraine Through Grocery Store Stickers - 4:20
Russian Journalists Defy Crackdown on Independent War Reporting - 8:11
Young Woman Uses TikTok to Share What’s Happening in Russia - 13:35
Professor in Russia Worries About His Parents in Ukraine - 18:38
Journalists Investigate a Russian State Secret: Soldier Deaths in Ukraine - 22:04
Inside a Bail Hearing for a Russian Anti-War Protester - 25:34
Personal Impact of Russia’s War in Ukraine - 30:43
A War That Has ‘Entered the Homes of Every Russian’ - 35:46
A Russia Where Dissent is Not Tolerated - 42:40
Russia Announces Partial Mobilization for Ukraine War - 45:26
Credits - 51:57