Putin’s Witnesses

The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new President Vladimir Putin. The film is based on unique and strictly documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation “Successor”, as a result of which Russia ended up with the President who still rules the country. The protagonists of the film are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian nation, as always being a silent witness of its own destiny.



Country of Production
Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republik

Year of Production

HD, DCP, BluRay

95 / 102 min

Vitaly Mansky

Studio Vertov, Golden Egg Production, and Hypermarket Film in co-production with ZDF, RTS – SRG SSR, Czech TV, in association with Arte, Current Time TV, Latvian TV

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF 2018 (Grand Prix for Best Documentary)
Toronto IFF 2018
Camden IFF 2018
Bergen IFF 2018
Zurich IFF 2018
Vancouver IFF 2018
CinEast FF Luxembourg 2018
Antenna IDF Sydney 2018 (opening film)
Flanders FF Ghent 2018
BFI London IFF 2018
Adelaide IFF 2018
Brisbane IFF 2018
Astra FF Sibiu 2018
Riga IFF 2018
Jihlava IDF 2018
Dok Leipzig 2018
Leeds IFF 2018
Free Zone FF Belgrade 2018
Stockholm IFF 2018 (Bronze Horse Award for Best International Documentary)
AFI Fest Los Angeles 2018
Sevilla European FF 2018
Cork IFF 2018
Cineuropa FF Santiago de Compostela 2018
IDFA Amsterdam 2018
Black Nights FF Tallinn 2018
Porto/Post/Doc IDF 2018
Bratislava IFF 2018
ArtDocFest Moscow 2018
Cinéma Vérité IDF Tehran 2018
First Look FF New York 2019
Alpe Adria Cinema FF Trieste 2019
FIPADOC Biarritz 2019 (Grand Prix for Best International Documentary)
Docpoint IDF Helsinki 2019
Budapest IDF 2019
RIDM 2019
Ambulante 2019
ZagrebDox 2019
Thessaloniki IDF 2019
One World Prague 2019
Sofia IFF 2019
One World Bucharest 2019
Hong Kong IFF 2019
cph:dox Copenhagen 2019
Vilnius IFF 2019
It’s All True IDF 2019
Istanbul IFF 2019
GoEast FF 2019
Finalé Plzen 2019
Crossing Europe FF Linz 2019
Filmkunstfest Schwerin 2019
Neisse FF 2019
Dok.fest Munich 2019
EDOC Quito 2019
Chesnok HRFF 2019
DocsBarcelona 2019
Seattle IFF 2019
DocAviv 2019
DOC-Cévennes 2019
Lima IFF 2019
Entre Rios IFF 2019
Odessa IFF 2019
Kharkiv MeetDocs 2019
Skopje IFF 2019
Minsk IFF "Listapad" 2019

// Nominated for the European Film Awards 2019
// Winner - Latvian National Film Award LIELAIS KRISTAPS 2019 in the category Best Documentary 
// Nominated for the LIELAIS KRISTAPS 2019 in the category Best Documentary Director