Citizen K

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CITIZEN K is an intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia from the perspective of the enigmatic MikhailKhodorkovsky, a former oligarch turned political dissident. Benefitting from the chaos that ensued after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Khodorkovsky was able to amass a fortune in financing and oil production and became the richest man in Russia. But when he accused the new Putin regime of corruption, Khodorkovsky was arrested, his assets were seized and following a series of show trials, he was sentenced to more than ten-years in prison. Today, as an exile living in London, he continues to speak out against Putin's two-decade stranglehold on power.


  • Mikhail Khodorkovsky
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Leonid Nevzlin
  • Boris Berezovsky
  • Igor Malashenko
  • Anton Drel
  • Boris Yeltsin
  • Alexei Navalny
  • Tatyana Lysova
  • Maria Logan

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Oct 26, 2019

While there are a lot of names, facts and intriguing assertions to absorb here, Gibney and editor Michael Palmer weave the dense narrative into a brisk, gripping and fascinatingly detailed thriller, enhanced by Robert Logan and Ivor Guest's suspenseful score.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
Oct 26, 2019

Gibney’s story is clearly told and wholly engrossing.

Fionnuala Halligan
Screen Daily
Oct 20, 2019

Political intrigues, potential murder plots – oh, and Putin’s rise-to-power and consequent 18-year-reign – Gibney serves it up, warts and all.

Metacritic review by Alex Saveliev
Alex Saveliev
Film Threat