Journalist Anna Politkovskaya becomes the loudest voice against the Putin regime’s wrongdoings, specifically the genocide in Chechnya, braving the Chechen killing fields in spite of numerous death threats and being detained and beaten.

When Chechen rebels take Russian civilians hostage at the Dubrovka Theater, it is Anna who the rebels request to mediate. Anna’s influence over a potential resolution intimidates Putin, and as such, he orders the bombardment of the theater, killing 170 civilians. But Anna’s dedication is relentless; so much so that when Putin attempts to poison her and fails, she persists, putting aside her duties as a wife and mother to be a national hero.

Ultimately, Putin has Anna executed. Yet her contribution to the freedom of the press lives on to this day.