‘Leviathan’ Review

Illustration by Gary Locke

“The best one-liner in Leviathan comes in the opening credits,” the New Yorker’s Anthony Lane noted in his review of the Russian entry for best foreign language picture at this year’s Oscars. “Reportedly, as much as 35 percent of the budget was supplied by government funding. This is like Kazakhstan using oil revenues to pay for Borat.”

U.S. Money-Laundering Probe Draws in Putin’s Inner Circle

Vladimir Putin

(Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have launched a money-laundering investigation into a member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.