TV: CNN NAVALNY documentary on the Russian assassination attempt


NAVALNY (9 p.m., CNN) – This acclaimed documentary, directed by Daniel Roher, uncovers the assassination plot against enigmatic Russian anti-corruption activist and former presidential candidate Alexei Navalny, a plot allegedly linked to the Kremlin. Navalny had made powerful enemies in Russia, including Vladimir Putin himself. (NPR Fresh Air review.)

From CNN: “In August 2020, a shocking social media video emerged of Russian opposition leader Alexey (sometimes spelled Alexei) Navalny writhing in pain inside a commercial plane as crew alarmed and the other passengers were trying to help. Roher takes viewers inside what happened behind the alarming global headlines that followed: heated arguments between Navalny’s wife and the initial team at the local Russian hospital over her care; Navalny’s possible emergency medical evacuation to Germany; and the remarkable German claim that Navalny was poisoned by a Russian government-linked nerve agent, Novichok.

“In a gripping tale that unfolds like a real-life thriller, Roher methodically documents the painstaking research and analysis that unmasked the would-be killers, and why they sought to kill the man Putin apparently views as a serious threat to his power. Roher interweaves interviews with Navalny, Navalny’s family and contemporary eyewitnesses to key events, with other recordings.The film follows the investigation into the assassination plot and includes reports from investigative news agencies , Bellingcat and CNN.

The documentary will also air live for pay-TV subscribers via and on mobile apps or CNNgo.

Inside Eats (10:30 p.m., Food Network) – We get the start of a new series from YouTube stars Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal – better known as Rhett & Link – two NC State graduates who grew up together in North Carolina. Get all the details on Rhett & Link and “Inside Eats” in this story by Korie Dean.

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Brooke Cain is from North Carolina and has worked at The News & Observer for over 25 years. She is the editor of service journalism and writes about television and local media for The N&O’s Happiness is a Warm TV blog.

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