The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was introduced to its new President. The film is based on unique and strictly documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation “Successor”, resulting in Russia ending up with the President who still rules the country today. The protagonists of the film are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian nation, as always being a silent witness of its own destiny.
Born in 1963 in Soviet Ukraine, Vitaly Mansky is one of the most prominent contemporary Russian documentary directors and producers. Highly prolific, he has directed more than thirty films, including a trilogy on the lives of three Russian Presidents, Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin. His films have been shown all over the world and have received more than 100 awards in Russia and abroad. He is also the founder and president of Artdocfest, a festival of creative documentary films in the Russian language. Threatened in his own country, he has been living in Latvia since 2014.