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Babitsky's War


Little is known in the West about the Chechen war. The Russians have been able to control the media and the flow of information from the country.

Most of the world is ignorant of the outrages that have been inflicted on the people during the remorseless crushing of the Chechen fighters. But a handful of Russian journalists have been slipping in and out of the territory, determined to track down the truth behind the propaganda. This is the story of one of them. Andrei Babitsky was arrested while trying to pass himself off as a refugee. Kept prisoner by the FSB (the present-day KGB), he was then handed over to pro-Russian Chechens and was in grave danger of being killed. International pressure eventually secured his release and contact with his wife resulted in unique footage being offered to programme makers Paul Yule and Teresa Cherfas. The result is a fascinating and shocking account of bravery in the face of brutality.

Programme Information

  • Genre: History

  • Subgenre: Factual

  • Producers: MENTORN FILMS LTD

  • Broadcaster: n/a

  • Duration: 1 x 50'

  • Tags: Russia War History

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