This Saturday May 26, the documentary Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case will be presented to the public at 10:30pm. It is the documentary about the former Russian intelligence agent who died in a London hospital in November 2006, the world’s first known victim of poisoning by polonium-210, a highly radioactive substance. A press briefing was organized at 1:30pm at the Suquet terrace. Alexander Litvinenko’s widow Marina Litvinenko and director Andreï Nekrasov spoke to reporters there. Excerpts follow.

Marina Litvinenko: “I am proud to be here for this film. It isn’t easy. I haven’t seen the film yet, because I didn’t know if I’d be able to stand it. I will see it tonight. (…) I am very happy that everyone can see this film. It’s important to make sure that what happened in November in London never happens to anyone again, anywhere in the world.”
Andreï Nekrasov: “Let’s be frank: the fear is there, but there is also pleasure in speaking the truth. I am not a hero, but I derive pleasure from being honest and fair. This is the foundation of morality. The pleasure in truth is a stronger instinct than fear.”
The director, who sympathizes with the opposition movement “The Other Russia” led by former chess champion Garry Kasparov, said he was “very grateful” to the Festival for having permitted him to show the world “the real Russia.”



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