Blink Films is producing a new documentary entitled “Secrets of the Oligarch Wives,” which will debut as a Paramount+ Original on June 28. In this documentary, the women partners of the billionaires who put President Vladimir Putin in charge risk everything by revealing the secrets of staying in the iron-willed dictator’s good graces and the price some have paid for speaking out.
In “Secrets of the Oligarch Wives,” those women paint a terrifying picture of a vengeful petty tyrant who saw treachery at every turn, forgave nothing, settled every score and was jealous of their lifestyles. They tell stories of corruption, betrayal and suspected murder. In doing so, they put their own lives at risk.
“Whenever you make a contract with the devil, there will be consequences. If you deal with the dark side, it will come to haunt you later. Going to Russia now would be suicide for me,” said Tatiana Fokina, whose partner Yevegny Chichvarkin was once worth over $1.5 billion, as the documentary reveals.
“Putin would much prefer to have been an oligarch than to have been president,” added Alexandra Tolstoy, whose partner is oligarch Sergei Pugachev, once estimated to be worth $2 billion, and who was known as Putin’s “banker” until he fled into exile in London.
“Secrets of the Oligarch Wives” is produced by Blink Films and See It Now Studios. For Blink Films, Justine Kershaw, Laura Jones and David McNab are executive producers. Lynsey Neale is Head of Production. For See It Now Studios, Susan Zirinsky and Terence Wrong are the executive producers, Aysu Saliba is the supervising producer, and Adam Goldfried is the executive director. Amy Gardner and Carlin Miller are the associate producers.