In August 2022, Russian journalist Daria Dugina was killed in a car bomb attack organised by the Ukrainian authorities. Philosopher Aleksandr Dugin, Daria’s father, says she was targeted because she was ‘a symbol of the independence of Russian journalism.’ Two months later, an explosion rocked the Crimean Bridge that links the Crimean peninsula to Russia’s mainland. The massive blast was attributed to Ukrainian sabotage groups. According to official figures, Russian security services regularly foil dozens of subversive acts.
The documentary takes a close look at methods used by Ukraine’s Security Service, tracing their roots back to the 1940s. It also sheds light on ties between Ukrainian nationalist leaders and American intelligence agencies. Declassified documents revealed details of the US’s Operation Aerodynamic, which funded and directed Ukrainian nationalists’ fight against the Soviet Union. In the documentary, historians draw parallels between nationalists past and present.