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The andropov

Year :  1999-2000
Duration :  1 episode 52 min. 16 sec. 2 episode 01 hour 01 min. 35 sec.
Screenplay by :  Sergei Kostin
Directed by :  Vera Storozheva,
Author of the idea and narrator :  Evgeni Kiselyov
Yuri Andropov ruled the country for only 15 months. Before that, for 15 years he had been heading the agency which many came to fear and despise the KGB. And still, the recent poll shows that Andropov is recognized as the most popular Soviet leader.
Who was that man which despite the drastic changes is still interesting to the Russian public? A fan of jazz, American mystery books and whiskey? A patron of arts as he was presented by the KGB propaganda machine? A maverick in the Central Committee of the CPSU, an intellectual and a poet as he remained in the memories of his employees? Or a suppressor of the 1956 Budapest uprising, a persecutor of dissidents and an inventor of punitive psychiatry as he has recently been described?
In order to answer those questions the shooting crew interviewed many famous people who knew Andropov very well. His advisors Aleksandr Bovin, Fyodor Burlatski, Oleg Bogomolov, Georgy Arbatov, his colleagues Eduard Shevardnadze, Arkady Volsky, Leonid Zamyatin, Nikolai Yegorychev, Yegor Ligachov, the chief of foreign intelligence of the GDR Markus Wolf, Andropovs subordinates Vladimir Kryuchkov, Oleg Kalugin, Anatoly Lukyanov, human rights activists Vladimir Bukovsky, Nathan Shcharansky, Vyacheslav Bakhmin, Aleksandr Daniel, theatre director Yuri Lyubimov, historian Roy Medvedyev share their memories with the viewers. Direct participants of the 1956 Hungarian events help determine the role and responsibilities of the Soviet ambassador in the suppression of the popular uprising. For the first time we learn some facts from the private life of Yuri Andropov: the viewers will see Yevgenia, his daughter from the first marriage, and learn the dramatic story of his son Vladimir who died early.
The film was shot in Moscow, Tbilisi, Tiraspol, Yaroslavl, Budapest, Rome, Berlin, Washington, Tel-Aviv.