THE STORY

On 31st March 1985, Soviet climate scientist Vladimir Aleksandrov vanished while on a trip to Madrid.
 
He was never heard from again.


Vladimir was attending a conference on the effects of nuclear war on the environment. His specialty was atmospheric modelling. He was one of a group of international scientists who pioneered computer simulations of our atmosphere.

It was rumoured that either the KGB or the CIA had kidnapped him. Eyewitnesses saw Vladimir being pulled into a white van near the Soviet Embassy by two men. 

So who would want to kill a climate scientist?


It has been 35 years since Vladimir disappeared, and his case is still classified as Top Secret in the USA, UK, France, Spain and Russia.

So what on earth happened that would make all of the countries agree to keep quiet? It was a very strange story to stumble across. It was first reported on by veteran climate journalist Andrew Revkin in 1986 in Science Digest. You can read it here.

This film builds on Andrew's investigation in an endeavour to find out what happened to Vladimir. 

It is also a rare opportunity to discover the inner workings of the climate science community.

THE FILM


So far the investigation has taken place mainly over Zoom and the internet during the Pandemic. But now it is time to venture out and meet people face to face.

Our film is the last chance to find the people involved, and try to uncover what exactly happened to Vladimir in Spain.

While looking for a motive to his murder, we have uncovered a scientific community fighting to hold onto truth against a tide of disinformation and manipulation.

This film is also a reflection on memory, truth and legacy. As humans we are desperately trying to control our existence and make a mark on history. 

We will meet many great people, from politicians to scientists, as they reflect on their lives and achievements, but they live under the shadow of a murder that happened in their community. What is the cost of human knowledge and progress?


This film will be a journey into the heart of the scientific community around the world to observe a fascinating and insular society who are the brains of our planet. 

It will also be a fascinating observation of two opposing cultures  Russia and America - and how different, and how similar they are.

THE TEASER

Here is a teaser made during lockdown. A taste of things to come.


THE TEAM


It is urgent that we complete the investigation as soon as possible 

because the eye witnesses are getting very old. One person is 92!


Become friends and collaborators!


I have been on this investigation for two years now, I am getting very close to the truth. So tantalisingly close that I am now reaching out for help.

Getting investigative journalism funded is very, very hard. There are very few grants available especially for cold cases. But this story is important and the injustice cannot be ignored. 

This is the last chance for us to be able to collect the testimonies since may of the witnesses are getting very old.

An innocent scientist was murdered and brushed under the carpet. How can this be allowed to happen? This is the foundations of journalism, to uncover the truth and not allow events like this to be forgotten. 

I am a team of one running this show, from website design, production and investigation. At the moment, I need travel costs, archive access, subscriptions, and some camera rental.

The discoveries of the investigation will be published in a major news outlet, and become the backbone of the documentary. I will keep everyone up to date regularly on where it leads.

I have set out below a guideline for donations, any and all help will sincerely be appreciated!

That’s it so far, but I know I can get to the bottom of all this with your help!

Thank you.

Nikolai


Suggested Donations and rewards:


Collage artist Winston Smith from San Francisco has donated art to the cause. 
See below!


A massive thank you credit on the film! 

Every little bit counts, and it will be really appreciated.



A massive thank you credit on the film
A Limited edition Winston Smith poster



A massive thank you credit on the film

A Winston Smith Investigation T Shirt

A copy of the film to download or DVD when finished.



A massive thank you credit on the film

A Winston Smith Investigation T Shirt

A Limited edition Winston Smith poster

A copy of the film to download or DVD when finished.

1 x 45 min Skype call with myself about the investigation



A massive thank you credit • as “a super seed investor”

A Winston Smith Investigation T Shirt

A Limited edition Winston Smith poster

A copy of the film to download or DVD when finished.

Signed copy of Weather • by Andrew Revkin.

3 x personal Skype calls with myself during the investigation.



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An Associate producer credit

A copy of the film to download or DVD when finished.

Signed copy of Weather • by Andrew Revkin.

3 x personal Skype calls with Andrew Revkin and myself during the investigation.

Invitation to a premiere • for you and a friend (travel not included).



Executive producer credit.

A copy of the film to download or DVD when finished.

Signed copy of Weather • by Andrew Revkin.

Regular Skype calls with Andrew and myself during the investigation and filming.

Invitation to a premiere for you and a friend (travel not included).

Invitation to watch an early cut of the film in the edit suite or via remote link.


 


MERCH


“The story you are trying to tell is a heavy one. But people who are journalists will understand. And those who are not journalists (aka: Everyone Else!) SHOULD know about it!

Thank you for pursuing this story. It deserves attention and investigation.”

We are very proud to have the support of legendary punk artist Winston Smith, internationally reknown collage artist and the visual arm of The Dead Kennedys/Alternative Tentacles. We have a limited amount of Winston Smith/Prophet of Doom T-Shirts available while we crowdfund the investigation. We have XL and Medium in Black £30