Moscow

SILENCED DEMOCRACY

According to Reporters Without Borders, Russia is ranked 148 of 180 countries in rankings of press freedom levels. However, only 11% of the population is not satisfied with the level of freedom of expression in the country. This documentary gives voice to that small portion of Russians who are not only unsatisfied with the freedom they have but who are also suffering the consequences of saying what they think. Many of them have gone to prison and some have even seen colleagues die. Journalists, human rights activists, lawyers, artists and political opponents describe the country’s complex mentality and their government’s methods to silence any dissenting voices. While this small resistance continues to struggle, Vladimir Putin’s popularity reaches 82%.