Documentary on Kremlin critic stolen


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BERLIN – A German filmmaker says a final cut of his documentary on the fate of jailed oil tycoon turned Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been stolen only days ahead of its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Director Cyril Tuschi says Friday's burglary into his Berlin office was the second theft of his film material within a few weeks in an apparent bid to intimidate him.

Berlin police spokesman Martin Otter confirmed Monday that a burglary had taken place in the filmmaker's premises overnight Friday. He declined to elaborate.

Tuschi says in a statement he had already sent an earlier version last week to the organizers of the festival, which starts Thursday.

Tuschi could not immediately be reached for comment.