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I feel quite sad in only learning about this now. I’d hoped to be current in Mr Nekrasov’s activities and yet I seem to lag.

Since I didn’t hear of this, I’m guessing not a lot of people did. Basically, the story is that Andrei Nekrasov, friend of ex-

Andrei Nekrasov
Andrei Nekrasov

Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko and documentor of the latter’s life and death, went to his home in Finland to find the windows broken, books all over the place and the place in an awful mess just one day before a film about Litvinenko by himself and the dead man’s widow was to screen at Cannes. Nekrasov reported the incident, which was dismissed as common vandalism. According to one account, Nekrasov was left rather frightened, in his own words, “a bit scared”, as there may well have been a political motive behind the incident. Why is this? Upon reaching his bedroom, Nekrasov found lying upon the bed a picture of his friend as he was in hospital days before his death.

You never asked, but what’s my view on this? Well, it’s an interesting story.

I was interested greatly in Nekrasov’s movies and his friendship with Alexander Litvinenko. Naturally that led me to research him. There’s not a lot of information on Mr Nekrasov, sadly. However, what we do know about him is that he too is a defector. His movies are politically charged; and some (Lubov And Other Nightmares especially) deemed too racy. So it is completely plausible that those who wrecked his home were looking to kill him, or at least rough him up a bit.

The famous picture left on Nekrasov's bed
Litvinenko in 2006, before his death.
This is the picture that was left in
Mr Nekrasov’s bedroom.

However; it’s just as plausible that some annoying Finnish brats decided to play mind games with the director and wreck his house while they knew he was away. We’ll probably never know. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I certainly hope Mr Nekrasov is safe and well.



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  • HoistTheColours: Dear author, I full-heartedly and absolutely agree with your above statements. I just thought I would let you know, since I don't quite understand w
  • richclark: I covered this in my blog too. Found your post on one of Wordpress' random (associated posts). Has Ask really made the impact it needed to from
  • The Lilac Pilgrim: I couldn't go anywhere without someone mentioning it. It was incredibly obvious and yet people were still arguing about it. Absolutely ridiculous.