Putin’s Former Filmmaker Arrested for Underwear Protest Outside the FSB Headquarters
The Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky was arrested in front of the Russian secret service FSB for waving a pair of blue boxer shorts in protest against the alleged poisoning by the Alexei Navalny agency. The Russian opposition leader was almost fatally poisoned on a flight to Moscow with the fatal nerve agent Novichok, who was reportedly planted in his underwear, following a joint investigation by CNN and Bellingcat.
One heard Mansky, whose unprecedented approach to Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the first real look at his dictatorial dreams: "The thing is, they are clean." I think everything should be clean - clean conscience, clean underwear - that's my civil position "before the police stopped him.
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In a video clip released on December 21, Navalny appeared to have caught the FSB who confessed to the attack. He posed as the agent discussing the poisoning with an FSB officer, who apparently admits where the nerve agent was planted. Navalny was previously believed to have been poisoned when someone put the drug in their tea. But it was actually sprinkled on his underwear, according to the confession.
The Kremlin has denied any involvement in Navalny's poisoning and dismissed the video as a "fake" and a "provocation to discredit the agency". The FSB said that the phone call Navalny had with the agent "would not have been possible without the support of foreign intelligence agencies".
Mansky, 57, founded the ArtDocFest film festival and is the director of the film Putin's Witnesses. The production of the film, which used previously unseen footage from the Kremlin, was a huge risk for Mansky, who had previously been used for Putin propaganda films.
In 2018, Mansky told The Daily Beast that he had moved from Russia to reduce his retaliation. However, he is aware that one day he could be attacked by Putin's FSB thugs. "I'm trying to rule this out completely, or get rid of it - not think about it," he said.
With his one-man protest on Tuesday, the former Putin propagandist apparently decided that he had stayed in the shadows long enough.
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