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