A courageous report about the neo-Nazi movement in Russia and its use of the Internet to spread hate
When reporter and producer Christof Putzel noticed a spike in violent videos by Russian neo-Nazis circulating on the web, he decided to trace them back to their source in this riveting and enterprising report. In Moscow, he made contact with secretive but outspoken ultranationalists who film acts of violence on ethnic minorities to distribute online. The videos are designed to encourage others to commit similar attacks. Putzel was invited to film a training camp for young recruits and interviewed the group’s so-called propagandist who claims to be responsible for the videos. Through his dogged efforts, he penetrated a cult known for ruthless violence. With few resources, Putzel brings this important story to light through the recently launched web and cable news service, Current TV.
Christof Putzel, correspondent and producer; Lauren Cerre, co-producer; Mike Shen, editor; Laura Ling, supervising producer; David Neuman, president of programming
Watch "From Russia with Hate" here: qtstreaming.jrn.columbia.edu/dupont/2009/godswarriors.mov