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Tue, Nov. 1 at 9pm – FRONTLINE: Putin’s War at Home

Russian police officers stand guard during an unsanctioned rally.
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Russian police officers stand guard during an unsanctioned rally. Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2022.

In the months since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine began, the Russian president has cracked down on internal dissent, signing measures that threaten long jail sentences for Russians who oppose the war or independently report on it.

Drawing on remarkable footage from inside the country, a new FRONTLINE documentary Putin’s War at Home, tells the inside stories of Russian journalists and activists who are refusing to stay silent in the face of Putin’s crackdown.

Tune in Tue, Nov. 1 at 9pm on the WSIU stations: WSIU 8.1, WUSI 16.1, WSEC 14.1, WQEC 27.1 and WMEC 22.2 or access the WSIU local broadcast livestream online at pbs.org or via the PBS Video app. The program will be available to watch in full at pbs.org/frontline and in the PBS Video App starting November 1, 2022, at 6pm.

FRONTLINE on WSIU TV is made possible by local program sponsor SIU College of Engineering

About the Program
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Gesbeen Mohammad, Putin’s War at Home shows how a minority of Russian citizens are vocally protesting the Kremlin’s war effort despite the threat of arrest and imprisonment — from a young woman whose TikToks have gone viral internationally, to a university professor whose parents live in Ukraine, to an artist facing up to 10 years imprisonment for posting anti-war stickers in a grocery store.

The documentary also shows how independent reporters in Russia have continued to seek the truth about the war — including its true death toll among the country’s soldiers. Russia has declared the casualties list a state secret.

“Putin’s Russia is based on fear,” one journalist says in the documentary, adding that, “we decided to continue without censorship, whatever the cost.”

As the war in Ukraine approaches its ninth month and evidence of potential war crimes there continues to mount, Putin’s War at Home is a powerful look at the Russian leader’s stifling of domestic criticism — and the people in his country who are speaking out anyway.

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