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Cyril Tuschi: Ambivalent Feeling to Khodorkovsky

When the documentary “Khodorkovsky” by the German film director Cyril Tuschi was released in Russia last December, it provoked a wave of protests. Sure enough, the film charts the journey of the person, who was Russia's wealthiest man who ended up in jail as a political prisoner after butting heads with Vladimir Putin. RussianMind spoke with Cyril about his choice of ‘hero’ as well as his Germanic impression of Russia:

RM:Why did you decide to make a Russia-related film?

C.T.:Because I just stumbled on the story in the oil town of Khanty-Mansijsk.

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How Mikhail Prokhorov Moved From Business to Politics

The Presidential election campaign is now in full flow. But very little is known about Putin’s opponent, Mikhail Prokhorov. In this second part of our special profile, we reveal how Prokhorov consolidated his wealth and became politically active without becoming an enemy of Putin.

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Rose Wylie Exhibits in Moscow

For the first time UK-based artist Rose Wylie presents her solo exhibition in Moscow. Wylie is known for her large-scale, loosely-painted canvases made on unstretched surfaces whilst laid out on the floor or pinned to her studio wall, depicting a surprising range of subject matter culled from media imagery, international news stories, film narratives, ancient art forms and memories from the 77-year-old artist’s childhood. Before the exhibition, RussianMind spoke to Rose to find out her artistic vision of life:

RM: Your solo exhibitions have been staged in London, New York and Berlin. Why did you choose Moscow this time?

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Mikhail Prokhorov: The Oligarch Presidential Candidate

The decision by Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s third richest man, to stand against Vladimir Putin for the Presidency of Russia was greeted with shock. While he has been a highly successful businessman, he is best known as a sports-obsessed playboy, rather than a politician. So how did Prokhorov, only 46, accumulate his $18 billion fortune? In the first part of a major profile, RussianMind investigates.

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Sarah Fabergé: All About Surprises

Renowned House of Fabergé was founded in St. Petersburg in 1842 by jeweller Gustav Fabergé. It was his son Peter Carl who led the firm to worldwide renown and created the unique and precious surprise Easter eggs for the Imperial family. He won the favour of the Imperial Romanov family in the 1880’s and the adulation of the world with the award of the Grand Prix at the 1900 World Fair in Paris. In 1917, Fabergé production was terminated in Russia with the onset of the Bolshevik Revolution and their workshops were taken over by the Soviet government.

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Lord Bell: The PR Consultants Who Campaign Against Putin

Last month Vladimir Putin accused British and American public relations consultants and lobbyists of undermining the Russian state and disrupting the elections. In this issue we profile Lord Bell, the PR advisor who has been most active in campaigning against Putin.

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Yevgeny Chichvarkin: How Russians Prefer British Justice

The Berezovsky-Abramovich court case has highlighted how London is the chosen venue for Russian tycoons to resolve their commercial and legal disputes. But it is not just the Oligarchs who are using the UK as their legal arena. Russian businessmen from the younger generation like mobile phone mogul Yevgeny Chichvarkin, have also moved to London as a safe place to deal with their legal problems.

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Vladimir Ovchinnikov: Between Realism and Surrealism

Vladimir Ovchinnikov is one of the most significant artists to emerge from St. Petersburg during the Soviet era. He is known for his paintings that blur the boundaries between realism and surrealism, fusing together contemporary Russian subject matter with magical, fantastic elements, often derived from myth and religion. His distinctively rotund, heavy-bodied, yellow-skinned figures have a primeval, statuesque quality, as if stemming from ancient monuments or religious icons – and yet at the same time his works also allude to social and political conditions, vividly satirising contemporary mores and puncturing the hypocrisy and spiritual bankruptcy at the heart of everyday life. These days Vladimir Ovchinnikov presents his art works in London:

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Annie Leibovitz. Photographer's Life 1990 - 2005

Annie Leibovitz is one of the most celebrated photographers of our time, whose witty, powerful images have documented the American popular culture since the early 1970s.

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Oleg Dorman and His "Note"

OLEG DORMANis a director of very special films, based on autobiographical monologues of remarkable people. His “Word-for-word”, the memoirs of Lilianna Lungina, shown on TV only after 10 years after creation, because of hurdles set by dull and short sighted television bureaucrats, was an unchallenged triumph.

On November 4, 2011 Dorman’s new film “Note” was released, telling the life story of the outstanding conductor Rudolf Barshai.