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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Twenty-two years ago today, on February 7th, 1990, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), on the recommendation of our honorary chair, Mikhail Gorbachev, formally agreed to relinquish their seventy-year-long monopoly on political power. During 1990, all fifteen of the former Soviet Republics held their first competitive elections.

While the CPSU has relinquished its power, the Russian Federation remains anything but a beacon for freedom and democracy – indeed, it remains one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Russia was the 3rd deadliest country on earth for reporters for the period of 1992-2006, when over fifty journalists were murdered for their professional activities.

In 2008, Cinema for Peace co-produced the documentary film Letter to Anna, which tells the story of the murdered Russian journalist, Anna Politkowskaja. Sadly, the story of the film is very similar to that of Justice for Sergei and Khodorkovsky, which are both nominated for this year’s Cinema for Peace Award for Justice. In all these cases, we see a government in Russia completely unafraid of using violence to curtail free expression and a free press.

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Please Watch the Cinema for Peace Trailer of the Day:

Justice for Sergei

Hans Hermans and Martin Maat search for the truth with Bill Browder in the brutal torture and murder of government whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, who may have uncovered the biggest case of financial fraud in Russian history

Khodorkovsky

Cyril Tuschi’s exploration into the story surrounding the imprisonment of Russian billionaire oil tycoon, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Letter to Anna

A documentary film produced by Cinema for Peace about Anna Politkovskaya’s still un-solved murder