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In October 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of the Russian oil company Yukos, was arrested on charges of tax evasion and fraud. This documentary uncovers the story behind Khodorkovsky’s arrest and subsequent conviction – the story of a man who has transformed from the wealthiest man in Russia into a martyr for the cause of political freedom and rule of law. Tracking his growth from his days at university to his founding of Bank Menatep, Russia’s first private bank, and eventual acquisition of Yukos, the state-run company, filmmaker Cyril Tuschi paints a story of Khodorkovsky’s success and his fall caused by a conflict with Vladimir Putin. His is the story of the corruptions that mark modern Russia. The film premiered at Berlinale in 2011.
He studied at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg. His feature film debut SommerHundeSöhne (2005.) was screened at Berlinale and won several awards in Europe. Now, Tuschi focuses his time on developing scripts and international co-productions for his company LaLa Films!.