The Pain of Others

Production: Rai 2
Country: Italy
Year: 2022
Duration: 20'
Directed by: Andrea Sceresini

For the first time since the beginning of the invasion on February 24, an Italian television crew went to Siberia, the region where many of the Russian soldiers engaged in Ukraine were recruited. To reach Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia, the journalists of “Che c’รจ di nuovo” (Rai 2) had to pretend to be tourists and make extensive use of hidden cameras. The report exclusively tells the “behind the scenes” of Putin’s war: in a scenario of extreme poverty – Buryatia is one of the poorest regions of Russia – thousands of young people have decided to enlist because of hunger and many of them have been killed. For the first time, we can hear the voices of the volunteers of the Moscow army, and we can see their mothers and their relatives visiting the cemeteries where new graves are dug every day.

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