‘Active Measures’ Exposes Russia’s Involvement in 2016 Election & More
A new documentary titled Active Measures aims to chronicle, what it claims is, the “most successful espionage operation in Russian history,” the United States presidential election of 2016.
Touted as the first documentary to cover the alleged scandal, director Jack Bryan reveals a 30-year history of covert political warfare devised by Vladmir Putin to “disrupt and ultimately control world events,” through cyber attacks, propaganda campaigns, and corruption.
The film starts with Putin’s rise to power and his desire to boost his economically struggling nation onto the world’s stage. This leads to a trail of money, real estate, mob connections, and on the record confessions to expose an insidious plot that leads directly back to The White House.
“When we embarked on this project we thought we’d find a scandal but what we uncovered was the greatest threat to democracy in almost a century,” Bryan said. “It is impossible to understand what is happening today unless you know how it started and why. Once you do the news becomes terrifyingly predictable.”
Bryan began filming on May 10, 2017, the day after Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The title of the film is a Soviet term for the actions of political warfare conducted by the Soviet and Russian security services to influence the course of world events.
Several high-profile interviews are included with Hillary Clinton, the late Senator John McCain, Michael McFaul (former U.S. Ambassador to Russia), Toomás Hendrik Ilves (former President of Estonia), and Mikheil Saakashvili (former President of Georgia).
Reviews have commented on the film’s thorough research. The New York Times asserted that much of what’s discussed in the documentary had already been reported elsewhere but will be effective in riling up viewers against the alleged scandal behind the 2016 election.
Director Jack Bryan is the son of millionaire Shelby Ryan, and grew up among New York’s wealthiest. Donald Trump was part of his father’s social circle, which helped Bryan gain insight into his affinity for Russia. Originally a journalist, Bryan now focuses on independent filmmaking.
Active Measures debuted in theaters, iTunes, and Hulu on August 31.