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Home > Screenings > 3DD > The Soviet Union 100th Anniversary 1922

Director: Lyndy Saville

Producer: Lyndy Saville

Executive Producer: Dominic Saville, Patricia Hickey

Writer: Cal Seville

Cast: Sir Max Hastings, Diane P. Koenker, Giles Milton, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Donald Rayfield, Jonathan Kydd

Genres: Documentary, Factual


3x60’ / 1x60’

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
Winston Churchill

The Soviet Union was officially formed in 1922, a country, a political experiment, an ideal, a great scar across history…

Officially known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the USSR was a one-party state, governed, controlled, and tormented by a single party rule. That of the Communist Party.

No nation has inflicted such destruction on its own population in the name of progress. Power corroded the leadership, leaving the masses to suffer in the name of history. They very people who were supposed to be governing themselves.

There are many factors that effected the Soviet Union’s turbulent history, but the sheer ungovernable vastness of the country was inescapable. It was a nation the size of a continent stretching from Moscow to Vladivostok and from Leningrad to Stalingrad. What we might consider European Russia was dwarfed by the reaches of Siberia. Enacting any kind of policy took force.

Complicated, contradictory figureheads would come and go, men who held this impossible country it seemed by sheer will. Stalin the despot-hero whose cruelty knew few bounds who united a nation to defeat Hitler. Khrushchev the crafty libertarian, who preached reform yet allowed an arms race to escalate. Brezhnev, that unreadable member to the old guard, sending history backwards. And of course Gorbachev, who brought vast change, modernisation, and détente, yet saw the Soviet Union collapse under his rule – the untenable nation.

Over many painful years, this vast country locked itself away from the rest of the world, paranoid, economically uncertain, repressive, while still casting a vast shadow across the world.

The 20th century was shaped by its convulsions, its purges, its wars, and its leaders.

Sir Max Hastings, Journalist and Historian.
Diane P Koenker, Professor of Russian & Soviet History, UCL.
Giles Milton, Historian & Author.
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Historian & Author.
Donald Rayfield, Emeritus Professor, Russian & Georgian & Author.
Executive Producer Dominic Saville
Editor Cal Seville
Produced & Directed by Lyndy Saville

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