Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
The crime and squalor which pervade the lives of ordinary Russians in the last half of the 1980s is the subject of this documentary , which strongly advocates a beefed up and modernized police force in Russia, built along U.S. lines. In it, the filmmaker contrasts the situation of police in Moscow with their New York icounterparts. He shows that the police in the U.S. are better prepared to deal swiftly with violent and gang-oriented crime. Ordinary people whose lives have deteriorated in the emerging post-Soviet era are interviewed.