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This series reveals the corruption and embezzlement at the heart of the Soviet Union. Following recent media coverage surrounding Putins election to President, this timely and stylish drama documentary series gives a fascinating insight into the origins of modern, post-Soviet, Russia.
|S01E01||Inside the Retail Mafia 1983||14/10/2011||The story of Yuri Sokolov, manager of the famous Eliseyev Store in Moscow, who was sentenced to death for corruption in 1983. A total of 147 people in the retail industry, including govenment bureaucrats, were arrested. I the country rumors spread that the new General Secretary Yuri Andropov was struggling aganst the nomenklatura, but few knew what was really going on.|
|S01E02||Inside the Political Mafia 1983||21/10/2011||The struggle between Yuri Andropov, head of the security service KGB, against the corrupt Nikolai Shchelokov, head of Soviet police and the Ministry of the Interior, which ended in Shchelokov downfall and suicide in 1984.|
|S01E03||Military Scams||28/10/2011||In 1952 no ordinary Soviet citizens could imagine that a secret mafia could have existed without the knowledge of the authorities to conduct business on a nationwide scale. When it was uncovered even the highest circles of the communist party were surprised.|
|S01E04||The Trophy Case||04/11/2011||In June 1946, an investigation was initiated against Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov. It showed that he had taken furniture, works of art and other German war trophies for his personal use, leading to the fact that Zhukov was sent into exile by Stalin.|
|S01E05||Operation Ocean||11/11/2011||In 1977 workers in the fisheries trade started getting arrested. 120 investigators working under Yuri Andropov, head of the KGB, uncovered massive corruption involving hundreds of tons of goods labelled as herring and mackerel exported from the Soviet Union. Was it just a corruption case, or was it a chit in the Kremlin power struggle?|
|S01E06||Inside the Disappearing Gold 1921||18/11/2011||While leading the world proletarian revolution, fighting a devastating civil war, and starvation rampant among the peasant population in the early 1920s, leading Bolsheviks were selling off the Imperial Russian gold reserve on the world market. Who was really the Gold Bolshevik?|