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Putin's antics wearing thin in Europe

...acolytes in the Kremlin. He kept, for example, West German Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for a meeting in Milan. As a former KGB agent in East Germany, he must have been aware that this was a horrendous breach of protocol. The New York Times commented...
Pope addresses Ukraine Catholics

...has prosecuted former high-ranking Communist officials for alleged crimes against the nation. Nor have they exposed former KGB informers, including in the churches. Children in national costumes perform folk dances for Pope John Paul II during pontiff's...
Irresponsibility on both sides of the aisle

...standards than pure conjecture. If, as Rogers and Feinstein seem to suggest, they have concrete indications that Putin and his KGB successor, the FSB, had facilitated the disclosures, then we need to know about them. And the defense that making them public...
'Family tradition' takes skier to Olympics

...abroad. Demers concisely summarized his experiences. "It was strange," he said behind a devilish grin. "I got to know the KGB." Back in North America, he improved his sophomore year. But his talent truly began to reveal itself during the upcoming...
A Lonely Place for Dying

Synopsis: A KGB informant hiding out in a derelict prison on the US/Mexico border fights for his life against the CIA hit-man who has been sent to silence him forever. The year is 1972. KGB spy Nikolai Dzerzhinsky has been working as a double-agent for the U.S. government, and possesses evidence that could shake the foundations of the CIA. If he plays his cards right, Nikolai could use that information to gain asylum in the U.S. Meanwhile, Special Agent Robert Harper has explicit orders to kill Nikolai, and secure the documents in his possession. When these two men clash, the bullets start to fly. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Ross Marquand, Michael Scovotti, James Cromwell, Michael Wincott, Brad Culver Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review


Opens Friday, Feb 28, 2014 Synopsis: Repentance (Pokayaniye) features Avtandil Makharadze in a dual role. As Georgian mayor Varlam Aravidze, Makharadze is a strutting, arbitrarily cruel dictator, something of a composite Stalin and Hitler. Visually he very closely resembles Lavrentiy Beriya, Stalin's right hander and one-time KGB chief. As Abel, the mayor's son, Makharadze finds himself in the middle of an ideological squabble when his father dies. Zeinab Botsvadze, a local woman who had suffered mightily under the mayor's regime, refuses to allow the old man's corpse to be interred. Despite the son's Herculean efforts, Botsvadze continues digging up the late mayor's body, a symbolic gesture to prevent the dead man's villainy from being forgotten. Repentance was the first Soviet film that openly denounced the horrors of Stalinism, though the Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze (known for his poetic and surrealist films) chose to make it allegorical, deliberately using anachronisms and making the leading character look like a combination of Stalin's henchman Lavrenti Beriya, Hitler, and Mussolini. An interesting point -- the last name chosen for the leading character is totally fictional, there is no such name as Aravidze in Georgia. In fact, "aravi" means "nobody" in Georgian. The filmmakers opted for such a name in order not to offend any real person in the Republic of Georgia. Filmed in 1984, Repentance fell victim to Soviet censorship from the moment it left the editing room. When it was finally released in 1987, the film was deservedly garlanded with several awards, including the Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Prize. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Avtandil Makharadze, Zeinab Botsvadze, Ketevan Abuladze, Sofiko Chiaureli, Edisher Giorgobiani Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review



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