WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Voice of Russia, one of the world's leading broadcast services, today debuted a new documentary, "October 1993 Crisis," to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitutional crisis. The 30-minute documentary on the event can be viewed at the Voice of Russia website. The documentary is part of a larger effort of the Voice of Russia to become more multimedia oriented. "We plan to start a series of documentaries and special features that will be dedicated to crucial moments in contemporary history," said Rustem Safronov, Washington Bureau Chief for the Voice of Russia.
The film focuses on the events after the fall of the Soviet Union when Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin instilled a number of neoliberal reforms that eventually led to hyperinflation and mass privatization. In 1993, Yeltsin attempted to dissolve an uncooperative Supreme Soviet, the Russian parliament, and ordered a referendum on a new constitution. The parliament deemed Yeltsin's presidency "unconstitutional" and appointed its own acting president. Violence erupted in Moscow on September 28, which escalated through October 4, claiming hundreds of lives.
The documentary was previewed by a representative group of experts on Russia: Rustem Safronov, VOR's Washington Bureau Chief and a TV reporter in 1993 wounded by sniper fire of an unknown origin; Will Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center; Paul Tadich, the producer of the documentary.
"The problem with the ratification of Russian constitution was that social agreement would lead to promulgation of a new constitution. As a result of October events, new constitution preceded social agreement and that made the implementation of social and civil rights much more difficult," says Mr. Pomeranz who is currently teaching Russian law at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies in Georgetown University.
Tadich, sums up the film's main idea: "As Russia is moving into 21st century, it is important to remember that the conflict of October 4th was the turning point between looking backward and going forward."
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The documentary can be viewed at the following link: http://voiceofrussia.com/us/2013_10_01/SPECIAL-EVENT-1993-Russian-Constitutional-Crisis-Film-in-DC-Thursday-2pm-0749/
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