Google Video is hosting an interesting 23-minute documentary film about Russia’s media crackdown made by Journeyman Pictures, featuring compelling interviews with free speech leaders in Russia, as well as some terrific archival footage of Soviet-era propaganda films. Unfortunately I can’t embed the video on the blog, so just click here to view it. Although the film dates to 2005, it displays a chilling prescience for what was to come in subsequent years. Fast forward the film to 14:56 to see an interview with Anna Politkovskaya, who says “I’ve written my will. I’m getting my children used to the idea that at any moment they might be left without me.” Today Politkovskaya was also awarded the World Press Freedom Award from UNESCO.