Anti-corruption documentary in Russia achieves popularity

Politician Alexei Navalny releases documentary online accusing Russian prosecutors of having ties to notorious gangsters

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his team released an investigation and a documentary

A documentary investigation ties between Russian prosecutors and notorious gangsters has achieved widespread popularity in Russia.

Alexei Navalny, an opposition politician, and his team started an investigation and a documentary last week into shady deals including those of the sons of Russia's prosecutor general and senior prosecutors.

The investigation included also looks at business deals with the wives of Russian gangsters.

The video of the documentary was published via Youtube and viewed by 2.5 million people on Monday.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, stated on Monday that the Kremlin is disregarding the allegations made in the documentary and trusts the prosecutor general, who is not actually the target of the documentary even though his sons are.  

Last week, prosecutor Yuri Chaika said the accusations are not true and said Navalny was following an "order" to discredit him.

Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov last week said the Foundation for Fighting Corruption which undertook the investigation and made the documentary is suing Chaika for slander and reputational damage. The court date has not been given yet but is expected to be announced on Wednesday.

TRTWorld and agencies