Truly Original, the New York-based prodco headed by Emmy-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, has partnered with Vanity Fair special correspondent and author Bryan Burrough to develop and produce a true crime docuseries investigating Russia’s potential involvement in a number of mysterious deaths.
The Kremlin’s Long Shadow (w/t) will explore the British government’s examination into the March 2018 assassination attempt of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and Scotland Yard’s reopened investigation into an additional 15 suspicious deaths and assassination attempts, none of which were originally classified as murders.
Presented by Burrough (pictured), the series will attempt to connect the dots between each bizarre death by exploiting a network of exclusive sources, including widows and children, defectors and spies.
Featured cases include Boris Berezovsky, an anti-Putin Russian oligarch found hanged in his London home in 2013 not long after four of his British lawyers and three advisors also died suddenly, in separate incidents; and British scientist Matthew Puncher, found stabbed to death on his kitchen floor, in an incident also ruled a suicide, after tracing a poison used in another murder to a Russian nuclear facility.
The Kremlin’s Long Shadow will also highlight the case of Mikhail Lesin, Vladimir Putin’s former media czar, who was killed in his Washington D.C. hotel room in 2015.
Truly Original’s Weinstock, Hersh and Stephanya Bareham will serve as executive producers on the series. Burrough also is an executive producer.
“Among Bryan’s many talents as a writer and investigative journalist is his ability to present world-defining events through a deeply personal lens, allowing him to reveal the emotional and human aspects of each story, adding depth and relevance to the facts,” said Weinstock in a statement. “Paired with his vast knowledge and experience with this dark subject matter – so much a part of today’s cultural conversation – this documentary will shock and shed light on a frightening series of events.”