The the night of August 22, 1991, a crowd of Russians began removing a 14 tone bronze statue in a major Moscow intersection. It was an act that years earlier would surely have cost them their lives, but on this night as democracy was budding the Soviet Union the statue itself represented all that was wrong with the country.
For those attending the affair the statues removal signified the end of an era. The man depicted in the sculpture was Felix Dzerzhinsky, one of Vladimir Lenin’s closest associates. He was the founder of the Soviet Unions first secret intelligence service known as The Cheka.
After Lenin’s death however Stalin consolidated his grip on the state by using this secret service as his personal means to control. In this film we see how The Checka evolved into the KGB and learn of the untold stories which lay behind the headlines in the unseen Cold War battles between Western intelligence agencies and the KGB.