Unsurprisingly, the Russian prime minister declined to be interviewed. But he crops up in newsreel footage throughout the film, including a famous televised press meeting he held with Russia’s richest men in February 2003, when Khodorkovsky, already flirting with opposition politics, brings up the topic of corruption. The look Putin gives him! It’s a death stare that says: you, my friend, will soon be sleeping with the carp at the bottom of the Volga (or failing that, a gulag six time zones away from Moscow).
Yeah, it looks like somebody did him a big favor by stealing his film … and no, I’m not so cynical that I’m implying he stole it himself … or maybe I am ;-)