Ultra-Nationalists Crashed Documentary Festival in Russia [Human Rights Watch]

posted 14 Dec 2017, 09:42 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Dec 2017, 09:46 ]

11 December 2017

By Tanya LokshinaRussia Program Director

Moviegoers Evacuated from Film Screening on Ukraine Conflict

This past weekend, a group of Russian ultra-nationalists threatened a documentary filmmaker at a Moscow film festival, disrupting the screening of her film, Flight of a Bullet, about the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Shot in August 2014, the film chronicles Ukraine’s volunteer military battalion, Aidar, which fought against Russia-backed separatists. Members of Aidar were reportedly responsible for arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, and acts of torture during the war. The film doesn’t hide this: it includes footage of Aidar fighters physically and verbally abusing a civilian they suspected of supporting the separatists. [Read more]