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Top secret. information for consideration
“Top Secret (Information for Consideration)” is a journalistic program targeting the audience interested in acute political conflicts, criminal issues, historical matters and journalist investigations touching upon the most important aspects of social...
1. Evgeni Primakov (His Own Game)
He made strategic forecasts for Brezhnev. Gorbachov put a stake on him. After the coup he landed in the Gorbachov’s team. But did he become a member of his team event while serving as Russia’s Prime-Minister? On ‘Top Secret’, Yevgeny Primakov tells about...

2. Dagestan. An Inside View
The program is devoted to the analysis of the situation in Chechnya and that in Dagestan in the fall of 1999. Dagestan – an inside view. The program attempts to answer the question: who gives money to the fighters? What are the sources of ammunition...

3. Baltic Transit (Estonia)
The program describes the intelligence activity of Baltic, and particularly Estonian, secret services in Russia. Described are several episodes which vividly characterize the activity of the Estonian intelligence and prove that this service is controlled...

4. The History of Fighting Corruption in Russia (Siabeco)
The history of fight against corruption in Russia. Consortium “Siabeco” – a foretype of Mabetex. Could Soviet and Russian special services establish offshore companies in the West? Who controlled western accounts of Russian politicians? Who created the...

5. Scandal Around Mabetex
The authors look into the scandal from its very beginning.
Unknown details of the relationship between Bank Del Gottardo and Mabetex. Fraud in connection with Bedget Paccoli’s Russian partners (prior to Mabetex). Exclusive interviews of Philip...

7. Moldavian Bouquet
“Moldovgate”. Corruption and Power. Moldova as a mirror of Russian criminal revolution. “Thieves-in-law” and the political establishment. What connects them? What’s in common between Trans-Dniestrian Region and Chechnya?! Underground weapon factories...

9. Aleksander Korzhakov
The hero of the program is Aleksander Korzhakov, former Head of Security Service of the President of Russia, tells about President’s close circle, President’s health and the necessity of postponing the 1996 elections, how the oligarchs influenced Kremlin...

10. Twisted
Drug legalization in Russia. Heroin is a religion for the young. Who stands behind drug dealers? Why politicians want to keep Russia “on the hype”? Drugs and politicians. Stories told by drug addicts and doctors. The drug war in which Russia lost. Curing...

13. Special Force (Part I)
The program is devoted to the history of Russia’s special forces.
KGB Special Force was formed in 1974 by the order of Yuri Andropov.
Program’s highlights: storming of Tadj-Bek Palace in Kabul (Afghanistan) in December 1979 – accounts of...

14. Special Force (Part II)
(10.01.00)

15. Nazism and magic. Neo-Nazism
1. Nazism and Magic
War battles were scheduled according to astrological forecasts. SS is a secret order. Who influenced Third Reich officials? Hitler's and Himmler's personal magicians and astrologists.
Participants of the program: deacon Andrey...

16. Petersburg Successors to the Moscow Throne
The rise of Saint-Petersburg politicians Kuznetsov, Romanov, Stepashin and Putin to the highest positions in the Russian State.
Participants of the program: Oleg Kalugin, retired KGB general; Valery Kuznetsov, son of general Kuznetsov who was in...

18. The Second Chechen Campaign – Hidden War
What’s the similarity and what’s the difference between the events of 1994-1996 and those of 1999-2000. An attempt to look into events of the campaign which passed unnoticed. Particularly, the arrest of the Muslim leader Nadir Khachilayev which oddly...

19. Probe into General Rokhlin’s Death
The assassination of General Rokhlin.
Was it general’s wife who shot the general? Did the prosecutors consider other possibilities: revenge of Chechen field commanders, the so-called Uranium Mafia and others? Is it true that Rokhlin was preparing...

23. Artyom
The program is devoted to the memory of Artyom Borovik who tragically died in a plane crash. The program includes excerpts from the Top Secret program
(13.03.00)

24. Djokhar Dudayev
Was the first Chechen president installed by Moscow? Why was Dudayev convenient for the Kremlin in 1991 and why did he stop being an ally in 1994? Was Dudayev’s death a result of a special operation or a staged event? Was it possible to agree with Dudayev...

25. Change of Power
The tradition of power changing hands in the country. Rise and fall of leaders; consequences of leader’s retirement or death for the future life of his family. Civilized change of power – illusion or reality?
Participants of the program: people...

27. Politicians of the Same Age
A generation of politicians of the same age who have come to power or have been rising to power in various parts of the globe: Albert Gore (USA), Tony Blair (the UK), Jorg Haider (Austria), Vladimir Putin (Russia). What influenced their mentality, outlook...

28. Forty Days Since the Death of Artyom Borovik
1. A probe into the plane crash (s/n 88170) on 09.03.00
2. The film based on Artyom Borovik’s story “How I Was a Soldier in the US Army”. Are there any non-statutory relations in the US Army, what’s the fate of women who sign contract with the...

33. The Krasnoyarsk Corrida
In Krasnoyark Region, late XXth century was marked by an unprecedented cruel war. Russia’s aluminum Klondike has turned into a bullring of bloody fights involving influential oligarchs and politicians. Until recently, businessman Anatoly Bykov was the...

35. Henry Muller
The program is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Henry Muller.
According to Gregory Douglas, American researcher and collector, Head of GESTAPO didn’t die in 1945. He safely moved to Switzerland, and later he was relocated to the USA by the...

37. Between God and Marx
This is the story of George Blake, a British MI 6 officer who worked for the USSR in 1950-1960. In May 1961, he was sentenced to 42 years in jail. A few years later he fled, soon he was in the USSR. Now he is 78 years; he lives in Kratovo not far from...

38. General Dmitry Pavlov: Hero or Traitor?
General Dmitry Pavlov: is he a hero or a traitor? In the beginning of the World War II, he was declared responsible for every defeat of the Red Army. So far, his personality remains a mystery for historians and memoirists. This program covers the unknown...

39. A Colonel Working for Three Countries
This is the story of Oleg Pen’kovsky, a Soviet spy who offered his services to the intelligence services of three countries all at a time, and who worked for MI 6 and CIA for sixteen months. He delivered to the West about eight thousand unique secret...

40. Top Secret: One Year on NTV
This program is composed of the extracts from the programs broadcast during the past year. The program is designated to sum up the results of the year. Participants of the program: Leonid Mikhailouk, Head of the Anti-Terrorism Department, Federal Security...

41. Little Odessa
Russian mafia in America: myth or reality? Who are “the Russian mafia”?
Participants of the program: Sam Kislin, businessman, Alexander Grant, journalist.
Author: Andrey Kalitin
(04.10.00)

42. The History of Special Direct Action Troops
The program is dedicated to the organization and development of Special Direct Action Troops (“SDAT”) of the Principal Organized Crime Suppression Department of the Russian Federation.
SDAT troopers take off their masks for the first time especially...

43. Our days attorneys (Alan Dershovits)
The program is dedicated to Alan Dershovits, a leading human rights activist from the USA. Attorney Henry Reznik speaks about the status of the Russian system of justice. Participants of the program: Alan Dershovits, a US attorney, Henry Reznik, a Russian...

44. The History of Relationship between Government of the Russian Federation and “Noga”, a Swiss Company
The shadow of “Noga”, a Swiss company, is wandering around Russia. The accounts maintained by dozens of state-run Russian organizations and banks in Europe may be frozen. This story is not over yet. Who drafted the notorious contract between the Government...

45. Henry Muller (a sequel to Program ¹ 35 of 26.06.00)
According to Gregory Douglas, American researcher and collector, Henry Muller, Head of GESTAPO, didn’t die in 1945. He safely moved to Switzerland, and later he was relocated to the USA by the US intelligence service, and he worked for the CIA for many...

47. History of Attentate of Aman Touleyev, Governor of Kemerovo Region
Participants of the program: Alexander Tikhonov, sportsman and politician; Aman Touleyev, Governor of Kemerovo Region; Yury Kondratyev, Head of Supervision over Investigation into Special Cases of the Prosecutor’s office of Novosibirsk Region.
Author:...

48. The Russian Footprint of the American Pathfinder
The program covers the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, an alleged assassin of the US President John Kennedy assassinated on November 22, 1963.
Participants of the program: Vladimir Semichastny, Chairman of KGB of the USSR in 1961-1967; Stanislav Shoushkevitch...

52. Unknown Stories
This program is dedicated to sculptor Ernst Neizvestny.
Ernst Neizvestny and his friends recall the initial changes in our society, “the thaw” and the repressions that followed, their relationships with their colleagues and with the authorities...

53. Soldiers of Doomsday (Part 1)
On the eve of the coming military conflict in the Middle East, the Israeli army enjoys a special attention in Israel. Mikhail Markelov, correspondent of “Top Secret”, spent fifteen days together with the combat and training troops of the Army of Israel...

54. Soldiers of Doomsday (Part 2)
This continues the story about the Army of Israel.
There is a widely spread opinion that the most recent conflict outburst after Ariel Sharon, leader of Likud party, visited the Temple Mountain. His visit ended in a fight with the Arabs, and on...

56. The Grey Cardinals of the XXth Century
The program is dedicated to the ten “Grey Cardinals” of Russia/USSR in the XXth century. The heroes of the program include Grigory Raspoutin, Lev Trotsky, Lavrenti Beria, Mikhail Souslov, Guennadi Bourboulis, Alexander Korzhakov, Anatoly Choubais, Alexander...

57. Espionage Concerns
This theme is as old as the hills. Intelligence officers and spies. Betrayers and patriots. Who said that people become betrayers? Betrayers are natural born. What is the call of duty? Could a decent man think of a compensation? What is the winner of...

58. Top Secret. Artyom Borovik’s program
A special release dedicated to the first anniversary of Artyom Borovik’s death. The release is anchored by Artyom Borovik presenting his best program for the last ten years. The release also includes interviews with Artyom’s friends.
...

59. Value of a Question or How to Become a Governor
Running for Governor. Generals and tycoons, communists and capitalists. Who is running for governor and who wins?
Participants of the program: Igor Bunin, the general Director of the Political Technologies Institute, Maxim Dianov, the General Director...

60. Trash Dump
Will Russia serve as a trash dump for the spent nuclear fuel imported from abroad? Journalists have obtained a secret US administration plan to export spent nuclear fuel to Russia. Who is the promoter of the American program in the Kremlin?
Participants...

61. Vyshny Volochek. A History of a Might-Have-Been Plot
On April 10, 1999, three officers were shot dead at Vyshny Volochek’s police department. Th attack was orchestrated by a local businessman Alexander Sysoyev who was later found insane. Sysoyev planned to stage a coup d’etat in Russia. But what did...

62. Arkady Gaidamak
Who sold Soviet arms to Africa? Whom is the Interpol searching worldwide? Who is dubbed as uncrowned king of Angola? Answers to these questions and more in an exclusive interview of Arkady Gaidamak with the Top Secret program.
...

65. She’s Drowned
1. A report about Artyom Borovik.2. KURSK: an anniversary of the submarine’s death. Consideration of a version of Kursk’s collision with a US submarine. Reports includes amateur video tapes of the submarine’s commander and crew members. Participants:...

66. Moscow – Washington
1. Terrorist attacks in the United States. A forecast of the U.S. response to the attacks. Possible involvement of Russia. Participants: Dmitry Yazov, former defense minister; Alexander Lebed, Lieutenant-General; Boris Gromov, Colonel-General; Stansfield...

67. The Listiev Case
Investigation of Vladislav Listiev’s murder was immediately brought under the control of the authorities. However, the program authors are convinced that this murder would never be revealed under the present-day regime. Traces lead too high, suspects...

68. Belarus/2. Air Crashes

1. Mysteries of Minsk courta report about uncovered mysteries of Minsk's domestic policy — death squads, complete disappearances of journalists and opposition leaders.
2. In a spin. Reasons of air crashes in Russia. Conclusion: decline in pilot...


70. Moscow’s Underground
When back in 1941, Russia’s capital was about to be seized by Nazis, a decision to set underground to resists invaders was made. On October 16 through October 18, the threat of seizure had become realistic. By that time, diversionary groups were organized...

71. 1. Vice Squad/2. Rostov Vampires
1. Put it a word a poor hooker. In the past, a struggle against prostitutes was a responsibility of KGB. Now, militiamen have been charged with the duty to cure this "social disease." However, militiamen make hookers work free of charge and illicitly...

72. Gold of the Party
1. THE PARTY’S MONEYAfter the one-party regime collapsed in Russia, savings of the Communist Party boosted a dramatic development of the “New Russian” business. Former party leaders put their deputies to lead numerous newly established banks and companies...

73. Murder of Prosecutor
Major-general Yuri Bederin, prosecutor for Russia's Khanyt-Mansiysk region, fell victim of the assassination. Police managed to identify and detain the assassins. That was the rare case when assassination was disclosed.

74. Customs Grab Goods
Not long ago, Russia's customs authorities celebrated their anniversary. But what the real state of affairs in the Russian customs. The program discuss methods and techniques of racketeering by the customs officials. The program includes candid camera...

75. Generals of Retreat
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow, authors of the program decided to focus attention on the fate of three army generals who played a certain in the history of the war. General Mikhail Lukin managed to recapture Smolensk fro a...

76. Escape from Kandaghar
AFGHAN CAPTIVES1. Six million cartridges. 2. Captivity.3. Escape.A documentary film on the 1995 events when Il-76 cargo jetliner carrying ammunition for Rabhani’s government was hijacked by Taliban fighters in Kandaghar. Seven crew members spent 379...

77. People and Banks
USURERS AND BANKERSFrom the very first day of the Russian banking system, there emerged a great number of swindlers who practiced various methods and techniques of taking money away form common citizens. However, the state has always been the major fraud...

78. Lie Detector
POLYGRAPH.Lie Detector: history of creation and development. The documentary features real examples of the use of the polygraph. The program include interviews with psychologists and special service officers, as well as with Nikolay Kovalev, director...

79. An Interview with “Dinosaur.” Dedication to the Day of Intelligence Officer
Intelligence officer and journalist Leonid Kolosov tells about his professional experience abroad. He managed to prevent a coup d’etat in one country and helped strike “the deal of the century” — a contract for construction of the VAZ car factory...

80. Inviolable Union
Ten years have passed since the Soviet Union collapsed. What was the reason for that split? Former advisors to President Reagan believe that the United States managed to get the USSR involved in the arms race which the letter failed to endure. Besides...

81. Plague and World
PLAGUE AND WORLD. BIOTERRORISM.This documentary recounts the history of development bacteriological weapons and biological warfare, as well as the history of development of biological weapons in the USSR. The film represents an analysis of probability...

82. Department of the Interior and Culture
Joseph Stalin and his aides realized the necessity of guiding cultural workers. Those who agreed to follow the Communist party’s line were treated kindly by the authorities. Others were imprisoned, executed or exiled. However, after Stalin’s death...

83. Leonya the Mackintosh
A notorious gangster leader now lives and does business in Paris. In Russia, he spent nearly twenty years in prison. Now, he may not go back to Russia, while many of his “colleagues” may not travel abroad. In his interview, he shares his own opinion...

84. Chapai
The program tells about the life of a legendary commander Vasily Chapayev and features unique footage and documents that allow to learn more about the character of Russia’s outstanding military leader. The program includes an interview with Vasily Chapayev’s...

85. The Golden Calf. Part 2.
Anatoly Bykov Case. The history of aluminum wars. The program includes a report on the present-day situation in the Krasnoyarsk region.
(7.02.02)

86. Racetrack. Behind the Arena
In the USSR, the racetrack was the only place where bookmakers were allowed to carry out their activities legally. Winnings amounted to 30,000 rubles in real terms of the Soviet period. Major winnings were orchestrated by criminal gangs belonging to...

87. Fate of the Riga OMON
In January 1991, exchange of fire between the Special Force Unit (OMON) and local police officers in Riga claimed lives of five people. In 1999, ten OMON officers were sentenced to prison. However, it is still unclear whose order they fulfilled at that...

88. Russian Mafia in NHL
Big money is associated with professional ice hockey. Russian NHL hockey players fell in the focus of attention of criminal groupings. A number of players were attacked by racketeers. The American press speculated on the links of ice hockey players...

89. Family of Intelligence Officers
This program is dedicated to the Zarubin family six members of which served for the USSR’s intelligence service. Vasily Zarubin served as diplomat and intelligence officer in the United States during the World War II. His task was to collect data on...

90. Seizure of Asia. Made in USA
“Seizure of Asia. Made in USA” In the worst-case scenario, deployment of the U.S. Army units in the Central Asia states might result in a loss of the strategic preponderance of Russia and ensure American dominance in this region.
...

91. Order to Terminate
History of the struggle of the National Labor Union against the Soviet regime and the story of a hostile fight between the USSR and NLU from early thirties through eighties. The fate of former NLU members both in Russia and in Germany.
...

92. Case No.
During election campaigns in Russia, local law enforcement authorities often become engaged by one the rival parties.
(28.03.02)

93. A Prison Romance
This is a story of a two-year romance of the Ukraine-born chief warder of the Torghau prison (Germany), Vasily Bryuchkovsky, with an imprisoned German girl who was later rehabilitated posthumously. Authors of the program found Mr. Bryuchkovsky in the...

94. Nine Grams of Cocaine
Businessman Arnold Spivakovsky, first deputy general director of Moscow’s Peking Hotel, was arrested on charges of illegal keeping of drugs which were found in his apartment. According to Spivakovsky, his colleagues and relatives, those charges were...

95. Mysteries of Russian Arms
Science and technology progress is part and parcel of the development of new weaponry, while any army reforms are based on changes of the nation’s military doctrine and rearmament. However, the history of Russia proves that every time scientists face...

96. Not Strangers
Descendants of the Russian émigrés are coming back to Russia. They take an active part in development of the country of their ancestors.
(25.04.02)

97. Charles de Gaulle’s Falcons
This program is dedicated to the Normandy-Neman air squadron which was organized by French volunteer pilots who decided to fight against Nazis for the common victory. Veterans of the air squadron tell about the days they spent fighting against fascists...

98. XX Century Pirates
The story about of mercenaries. The program includes interviews with Bob Dinar (France), Jan Spirkis (Belarus), V. Karpukhin and Y. Drozdov (Russia).
(16.05.02)

99. She and her Denikin
The program tells about the life of a prominent Russian general Anton Denikin, who fought on nearly all fronts of the civil war in Russia. Later, he emigrated abroad and started his literary career. The program features an interview with Maria Denikina-Gray...

100. Blood on Shoulder Straps
On March 2, 2002, a Sergeyev Posad special task unit got under fire in Chechnya. Investigators found out that the soldiers were killed in a friendly fire by another special task unit. A war writes off many crimes, and, as usual, no one was found guilty...

101. Deputies’ Order
Seven State Duma deputies were killed since 1994. However, in most cases, they were killed not of their political beliefs, but because of their business activities. Deputies Aizderdis, Skorochkin, Rokhlin, Starovoitova – these are just few of the many...

102. Secrets of New Business
1. A story of assassination of Vitaly Schmidt, vice-president of the Lukoil oil company. The motive of this undisclosed crime is redistribution of property. 2. Baker’s DozenCorruption and misappropriation of budget revenues by St. Petersburg officials...

103. Hostage City
In 1990, prisoners rioted in of Abkhazia’s prisons. They seized the prison’s officer hostage and gained access to arms. The whole city was under a threat of mass riots. KGB’s special unit, Group A, was summoned to Abkhazia to liquidate the riot. The...

104. Tasteless Death
Businessman Ivan Kivilidi was poisoned in his office. Underground laboratories, which are still common in Russia, continue illicit production of virulent poisons. Unfortunately, too many people would be poisoned by products of these laboratories. Guest...

105. Orchestrated Lies
The Balkan war is a chain of well-planned provocations aimed at helping the United States secure its presence in the region and implement the plan of Yugoslavia’s disintegration. Journalists and guest of the show study the ethnic cleansings widely practiced...

106. The Isle of Death, or Lifelong Sentence
The Ognenny Island is the place where criminals sentenced to life imprisonment live. The episode includes interviews with Alexander Ivanov, the chief warden, and Ravil Dashkov, one of the prisoners.
(18.07.02)

107. The Chechen Circle
Democratic reforms gave rise to the struggle for independence throughout the former Soviet Union republics. To disperse mass rallies, army units were frequently used. This happened in Tbilisi and in Vilnius. This happened later in Chechnya. However...

108. Malaya Lubyanka
The history of the FSB (previously known as KGB, NKVD, OGPU, ChK) runs through all the periods of Russia’s history after the 1917 revolution. Struggle against criminality, investigation of major misappropriations, political purges, special operations...

109. The Last Illusion
110. The Horror Fever (virus of death)
A deadly anthrax virus stroke New York last fall, shortly after the 9-11 terror attacks. According to the FBI, a virus sample was stolen from a secret laboratory located in Fort Destrick. It was for the first a Russian filming crew was allowed to visit...

111. Red Marshals’ Plot
This episode is an attempt to figure out whether the “red marshals” did attempt to weave a plot against Joseph Stalin and the Red Army.
(06.10.2002)

112. The Deadly Zone
Chechnya. The Argun Gorge. The year of 2000. A special task unit was sent to the rear of Chechen fighters. The special task unit should have spent a certain period in the gorge to carry out reconnaissance, i.e. to locate the fighters’ bases and inform...

113. Zakayev’s Case
A detailed review of the “achievements” of actor, politician and murderer Akhmed Zakayev. His “record of service.” The program includes video materials featuring Djokhar Dudayev and Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, as well as recent recordings of Zakayev and...

114. Concorde’s Last Mystery
This documentary is a detailed investigation of the crash of TU-144, Russia’s only civil supersonic jetliner. The film includes plentiful of live footage, records of tests, flights and interviews with the plane’s designers. A terrible crash at the air...

115. Health Ministry’s Warning
The program unveils and investigates the problem of widespread sale of falsified medicines in Russia. Interviewees: Secretary of the Health Ministry’s special commission for falsified drugs Andrey Larichev; head of pharmaceutical laboratory Tatiana...

116. Underground Spies
Reconstruction of the underground path through which the American spies obtained access to the lines of communication of the USSR government.
(28.06.2003)

117. Tragedy over Sakhalin
Dedicated to 20th anniversary of Boeing-747 crash at the Far East. Reporters of Top Secret managed to find the texts of the recordings of radio communication between the command post and the pilots. General A.M. Kornukov, General I.M. Tretyak, Marshal...

118. Atypical Hysteria
Several most likely versions of the mortal disease outbreak. Truth and lies. Economy and politics. Business and corruption. That's what atypical hysteria is.
06.09.2003

119. Football Murder
…Football is tough business involving bookmaking, bribe-taking judges and a lot of money involved. Yuri Tiskhov a promising football player in the past and a football agent in the present was found dead at Dmitrovskoye highway in Moscow at 0:20 on 11...

120. It’s Hard to be Russian
The main hero of the film – Konstantin Melnik is a son of an officer of the tsarist Russian Army and a grandson of a tsarist Army doctor. He was then the head of intelligence service in France. An exclusive interview with the ex-chief of one of the...

121. Mysteries of the “Gold of the Communist Party”
Andrey Kalinin’s film is an exploration of mysterious disappearance of the notorious stores of gold of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union – “the gold of the party”. When bolshiviks took the power first thing they transferred the treasury of the...

122. Werewolves Dressed in Jackets
Andrey Kalinin’s film. Sergey Kazarin, a loader in Gorky Park in Moscow, introduced himself as an officer of Security Forces of the Internal Ministry and controlled militiamen in Moscow Region.The special operation aimed at arresting werewolves dressed...

123. The Chinese Syndrome
2000 years ago great Chinese philosophers introduced a new strategy called “tsan sin” based on slow and unnoticeable for the enemy destruction of its material grounds as opposed to direct aggression. The weakened structures of the enemy were to be used...

124. Misha
When Mikhail Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, entered the office in January 2004, he never concealed that Edward Shevardnadze left him corrupted deskbound head, empty treasury and strained relations with neighboring autonomies. The first thing...

125. Kidnapping. Dirty Pool
Kidnapping is one of the most dynamically growing areas of criminal business. For this country, such business is relatively new. Although nowadays in Russia, children and businessmen, high officials and politicians are kidnapped in order to get a ransom...

126. Yaponchik. The Return
The largest chief of Russian gangland Vyacheslav Ivankov alias Yaponchik was deported from the USA. His criminal biography includes nearly forty years of prison experience; his method is combination of old honour among thieves and modern know-how of...

127. Prison Psychiatry
Thirty-forty years ago, a man dissenting with the regime was declared a madman and packed off to an asylum instead of being put into prison. Special injections destabilizing psychology and destructively affecting the ability to think sensibly were made...

128. The Legend of Richard Zorge. Japanese Trap
The 7-th of November 2004 is the 60th anniversary of the execution of Richard Zorge in Tokyo prison. The name of this legendary man was long ago included in the annals of the Soviet Intelligence Service, although very little is known about him. What...

129. Underground Collectors
Every year, unique works of painting, sculpture, icon-painting, antiquarian articles disappear from museums and collections throughout the world -for the amount of about two billion dollars.
The stolen masterpieces pass to the hands of private...

130. Brides of Allah
The present-day terrorism has female face more and more often. Shahids, female suicide bombers, live bombs — these women are called in different ways, but the scheme of their actions is always the same: explosives on the belt, a crowded place, a...

131. A Shot at a Journalist
The doctors fought for his life to the utterance, but eight bullets with an offset center left no chances for survival. The investigation found out: Editor-in-Chief of a very popular journal “Forbs” Paul Khlebnikov was murdered by professionals. According...

132. Privatization in American Way
The U.S. government initiated investigation of this case. The defendants in this proceeding were the Harvard University and U.S. citizens Andrew Schleifer, Jonathan Hay, Nancy Zimmerman and Elizabeth Herbert. They were charged under 11 points, including...

133. Two Lives of Academician Sakharov
Andrei Sakharov died fifteen years ago. He was preparing for a regular appearance at the delegate congress and at ten o'clock in the evening he said: "I'll have a good sleep. I'll fight tomorrow". He died that night. Andrei Sakharov was the youngest...

134. Sects
The iron Curtain blocking Russia from other countries was crashed down in the early nineties of the twentieth century. They began to build a democratic society, with the freedom of speech, conscience and belief. It was just then that various religious...

135. Videopirates: Mafia Bosses
Before a new film leaves the walls of Hollywood, home video viewers in Russia already watch its underground copies. Digital recording allows making products of such high quality that even a specialist would hardly tell a copy from an original.
For...

136. Drug Traffic
There are over ten millions of drug addicts in Russia currently. Many get addicted to drugs at the age of 13-15.Drugs are probably the only product not affected by inflation. The price for heroin remains the same for several years already. There’s...

137. Brain Drain: a Russian Trail
For over ten years of expectation of the state and society to change their attitude towards science, we practically lost all scientific schools. The youth now chooses going to a different sphere, financial security, career for the sake of career and...

138. Females Behind the Bars
Over 47 thousand women are behind the bars in Russia at present time. They serve their term at distant places mainly for theft, robbery, drugs trade and murder. For many, an absolutely new smoothly running life starts at the zone. They work, communicate...

139. The Doctor’s Case
In December 2004, a regular hearing of the case of Moscow doctors of municipal hospital No. 20 was held. The accused doctors transplantologists were arrested on April 11 2003 right in the operating theatre. According to investigation version, they were...

140. Vaccine of Fear
Forecasts of the forthcoming epidemics of flu heat the population of the world. According to the World Health Organization, the sole remedy of the humanity against infections is vaccination. WHO works on development of vaccination programmes for the...

141. Secrets of Show Business
Contemporary Russian show business is a sort of peculiar mirror of our society: much fuss, endless scandals, disputable talents and a limited number of people who are admitted to Olympus. However, what we see is only the top of iceberg. The world of...

142. The Last Mystery of a Killer
There’s everything in Greece. There is even the Russian mafia there. The flow of emigrants flushed to Greece in the beginning of 90-ies. Pontic Greeks from the countries of the former USSR moved to Greek resorts from Sukhumi and Tbilisi, Moscow and...

143. Attempt Upon The Lives of Leaders
Those who have the power attract various people like a magnet: flattering friends and sincere team-mates, obvious enemies and secret ill-wishers. Attempts upon lives of emperors, kings and presidents were made at all times. The reason could be the desire...

144. Beg Business
They live on handouts. But is the matter as simple as it looks? Very few people donating alms realize that they in fact sponsor a Gypsy group or a gang. Beg business has its own masters and hierarchy. For getting money, a beggar needs a seat. And...

145. Spring Call-in
The time when the Russian army was considered a menacing power, when it was reckoned with and served the source of pride is passing gradually. Nowadays the army appears to be in the focus of scandals more and more often. On April 1st, a regular spring...

146. Mysteries of the Kremlin Patients
Health and well-being of the Kremlin leaders have always been an utmost secret. Under the Soviet system, one could find some information only in short official reports published after the death of another general secretary. Discussing leaders’ health...

147. Arms Traffic. Dirty Pool
Man’s urge to means of self-destruction is inexplicable. Nowadays arms traffic remains a hyper lucrative business as well as several centuries ago. Huge profits of military corporations make up only the tip of the iceberg. Three markets –“white”, “black”...

148. Dreadful Childhood. Confession of the Survivors
About three million children at the age of up to fourteen fall under violence of their parents in Russia every year. The victims of bad treatment are mostly preschool children. The weaker a child is the easier it is to lay hands on him. Boys are beaten...

149. Seven Leaders under Death Sentence
Johar Dudaev, Shamil Basaev, Salman Raduev, Khattab, Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Arbi Baraev, Aslan Maskhadov are warlords and leaders of Chechen militants. Deaths of dozens of thousands of innocent people are on their heads. They shed the blood of those...

150. Mysteries of Sportsdom
Sport is a profitable and well-organized business abroad. Clubs and superstars gain profits from the prize moneys of sponsors, advertising contracts, sales of rights for broadcasting and sales of tickets and souvenirs. The situation in Russia is completely...

151. Theatre Rows
In the Soviet times, theatre served an important component of socialist agitation. Along with the permitted for staging world classics, the directors had to stage the works of approved authors who hardly bore any relation to art. This was the condition...

152. Black Diggers
They are called “black archeologists” in Europe. In the South America, they have a different name – “tombaroli”, meaning “violators of tombs”. They use powerful equipment including helicopters. Their targets are ancient burial hills and neglected cemeteries...

153. Mysteries of Electoral Technologies
These people are capable of anything. They can up-end the electoral campaign, turn a recognized leader of electoral campaign into an outsider, and turn a stranger into the favorite of electorate. The main recourse is money paid by the candidates to...

154. Lawlessness of Militia
The market of spare parts for cars in the South Port is the largest and the most well-known one in Moscow. Stolen spare parts and cars are sold here. At this market, it is easy to find anything what cannot be sold legally.The organized criminal group...

155. Female Slavery or a Contract with Death
They go abroad in hope to earn money or find a rich husband. They receive offers to work as waitresses, barmen, au-pair girls or performers.Not a single Russian, Ukrainian or Byelorussian girl working abroad is engaged in prostitution officially. However...

156. Astrologists for Leaders
Astrology exists for thousands of years. All through its history, people approached future tellers. The world rulers solved the destinies of millions of people following prophet predictions. Russian tsars – from Ivan the Terrible to Nikolai the Second...

157. Life Sentence
They are kept together – inborn killers and victims of an absurd play of chance. Some murdered dozens of innocent people deliberately and coldheartedly. The others committed murders in drunken fights, domestic altercations or never committed any crime...

159. The Secret Power of Shambala
In the XX century the two totalitarian systems showed the world their incontestable might. The might of communism and the might of fascism. It is commonly assumed that it was the power of faithless material powers, however, both the Nazi Germany and...

160. Mystery of Alexander Men’s Murder
The priest Alexander Men was attacked on September 9, 1990 on his way to the morning service at the Sretensky temple situated in Novaya Derevnya. Two young men approached him and hit him on his head with a heavy object. The bleeding priest reached his...

161. Secrets of Model Business
According to estimates of sociologists every third schoolgirl at the age of 10-16 wants to become a model. They think that being a model means fame, delighted looks of friends, advertising contracts and round-the-world tours. However, almost 90% of...

162. Industry of Lies
Almost every day we receive tempting proposals how to become rich. We hear them on the phone, by radio and television, simply in the street, read them in papers and advertising booklets. And we believe! Knowing almost everything about swindlers’ tricks...

163. Escape from Berlin
In the middle of 50-ies, the escape of Eastern Germans from the DDR has turned into the natural hazards. Nikita Khrushchev called the Berlin problem “a bone in the throat of the Soviet Union”. Erich Honneker supervised the erection of the Berlin Wall...

164. Gastarbeiters
Five million foreign citizens live in Russia. They are hired workers, gastarbeiters, and nine of ten have an illegal status. Who are they? A criminal threat or a profitable business? This film is about the life of “contemporary slaves, legalized lawlessness...

165. Housing Problem
The housing market in Russia is approaching oil business in terms of its profitability. However, it is far ahead of oil business in the terms of corruption and abuse of law. The number of those deceived is growing. This film reveals the criminal housing...

166. Ultimate Fighting in the Parliament
The Russian Parliament is like arena of ultimate fighting. A short excursus to the history of Duma 1, 2 and the n-th one (the Tsar times) – Duma ushers, scandals, duels.In shot: Alexey Mitrofanov, Zhirinovsky, Evgenia Tishkovskaya, Pavel Astakhov, Gennadiy...

167. Puzzles of Chess Kings
Myths and reality of the legend of the chess school of the USSR, sensational confessions of the stars of the Chess Olympus. How much is the title of the world champion? The participants and witnesses of chess battles comment on this and other issues...

168. London Roofs
The capital of the UK has turned into a shelter for political emigrants and businessmen with doubtful reputation. Why do Russians elect London as the capital of the new world, where do Chechen separatists and disgraced oligarchs, traitors of motherland...

169. Right to Life
The programme is dedicated to the problem of AIDS, epidemic of HIV-infection and its vehicles – social misfits, their total desolation, fear and discrimination. Officially there are about 330 thousand of registered HIV-infected in Russia, unofficially...

170. Murder on New Year’s Night
Dmitry Nelyubin, the winner of seven world champion titles and the Olympic champion in cycle race, was killed with a kitchen knife on January 1, 2005 at 4 a.m.. The murderers were never found, and extreme ultra-right nationalist organizations took advantage...

171. Authors’ Lawlessness
In 1993, a law on “Copyright Protection” was adopted in Russia. After the document was published, an author could rely on timely payment of royalties for the use of his works in any field of activity. TV channels and radio stations started allotting...

172. Secrets of Show Business – 2. Peculiarity of National Humour
Their profession is to make people laugh. They earn for their living by funny jokes and witty anecdotes. However, not only jokes can be heard behind the curtain. Conflicts arise for any reason, starting from jealousy towards colleagues to claims related...

173. Animal Business
Illegal animal trade brings enormous profits. Annual world turnover is about 6 billion dollars. Russia lets pass from 5 to 15 million dollar each year. How to get live commodity? Why does the trade in rare and petering out animal species remain unpunished?...

174. Profession - Negotiator
In special units they are called "piece goods". Single-handed and without a weapon they face deadly peril of confronting merciless armed criminals. In this duel thinking skills are more important than shooting skills. Their success implies rescue...

175. Militia Stories
Each tenth resident of today’s Russia has faced militia lawlessness. The majority is afraid of people in militia uniform. Why do militiamen infringe the laws they should protect? How do they knock out evidence? Who lets militia officers go unpunished?...

176. Petrol Business
Russia is the largest oil supplier to the world market. Prices for the black gold beat all records. Petrol prices within the country soar together with the rise of the oil prices. Who is to blame? Why does fuel keep getting worse? Who gains from...

177. Price of Beauty
Beauty industry, plastic surgery and their victims and legal insecurity of the latter.
05.08.2006