One flew over the Kremlin – Mathias Rust and the End of the Soviet Bloc

1987. The Soviet military is outmanoeuvred by a teenager. Only equipped with a map he crosses the border in a chartered Cessna and lands in the heart of Moscow, leaving the reputation of the military in tatters.
In May 2012 it will be 25 years that Mathias Rust breached the integrity of the iron curtain, triggering change of historic dimensions.

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  • 05/2012 - "One flew over the Kremlin" broadcast on EinsExra

    Check it out: The sensational flight of the 19-year-old Mathias Rust across the Iron Curtain will be broadcast a few [...]

    Check it out: The sensational flight of the 19-year-old Mathias Rust across the Iron Curtain will be broadcast a few more days on EinsExtra: Wed, 23rd May at 08.15 pm, Sat 26th May at 11.45 pm and Monday, 28th May 2012 at 07.15 pm


  • 05/2012 - TV premiere "One flew over the Kremlin" on ARD

    25 years after the spectacular landing of Mathias Rust on the Red Square in Moscow, Rust talks for the first [...]

    25 years after the spectacular landing of Mathias Rust on the Red Square in Moscow, Rust talks for the first time in detail about his flight, which left the reputation of the Soviet military in tattern. The exclusive documentary "One flew over the Kremlin – Mathias Rust and the End of the Soviet Bloc" will be broadcasted on Monday, 21st of May at 11.30 pm on ARD.

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  • 05/2012 - Book launch of "Der Kreml-Flieger"

    We’re pleased to announce the book launch of “Der Kreml-Flieger – Mathias Rust und die Folgen eines Abenteuers”. The book [...]

    We're pleased to announce the book launch of "Der Kreml-Flieger – Mathias Rust und die Folgen eines Abenteuers". The book as part of the documentation was published by Ch. Links. The author Ed Stuhler and Mathias Rust will attend the book launch on Tuesday 29th of May 2012 at 08.00 pm at Kaffee Burger (Torstrasse 58/60, 10119 Berlin). Admission is 5 €.

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One flew over the Kremlin – Mathias Rust and the End of the Soviet Bloc

It is the 28th of May 1987, shortly after 7 pm. The world is richer by one sensation and the Soviet Union is totally disgraced. What had happened? The nineteen-year-old Mathias Rust from Wedel near Hamburg had landed his single engine Cessna 172 directly next to the Red Square in Moscow. No one had stopped him on his several hour flight through the Soviet airspace. The Soviet Air Force, so far considered invincible, is exposed to ridicule and mockery. Thousands of missiles, state of the art air defence radars and antiaircraft defences overcome by an amateur pilot, a messenger of peace, who wanted to build a bridge between East and West with his flight. The flight scandal becomes state affair, the minister of defence has to resign and many high-ranking officers have to follow. The young German pilot’s intent had been to move the deadlocked disarmament talks along, in order to bring peace between East and West. In the end, his flight did indeed help perestroika along – though in another way than expected.

The president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, acted outraged externally, but domestically he finally had enough space to reduce the military budget, to pull out of Afghanistan and to finally give the satellite states their longed for independence. The military had always been Gorbachev’s opponent and now he used its disgrace to enthrone the political hardliners. Among them are also senior officers who can’t take the “dishonour” and kill themselves. The catalyst of all this becomes a media star. The “New York Times” and the “Washington Post” hail Mathias Rust in union as “daredevil pilot” on the 30th of May in 1987.

25 years later, exclusively for this documentary, Rust talks for the first time in detail about his flight, his motives and the stay in the Moscow prison afterwards. The former “high-flyer” is still a fascinating personality. Film author Gabriele Denecke undertakes a very special journey through time to the places and people who were involved then, politically, militarily or journalistically. The German foreign minister at that time, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, recalls the reaction in Bonn and the writer Wladimir Kaminer, who had been a soldier stationed in Moscow, explains how Rust escaped them, saying: “I was supposed to shoot him down!” The former foreign correspondent of the ARD in Moscow, Gabriele Krone-Schmalz, gets a say as well as do expulsed Soviet generals and the chief of the Federal Intelligence Service BND, Hans-Georg Wieck. Mathias Rust himself says today: “If I would have known the outcome of this, I would not have done it. This is something you can only do if you don’t know the consequences and the development of a story”.

Book, Director: Gabriele Denecke
Director of photography: Till Ludwig
Editor: Pamela Homann
Sound: Thomas Funk
Music: Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
Sound Mix: Jörg Höhne
Color Grading: Christian Kröhl
Graphic Artist: Susanne Radelhof
Location Manager Russia: Marina Erastova, Tom Birchenough
Production Accounting: Daniela Schöne
Technical supervisor: Philipp Weigold
Producer: Anahita Nazemi, Sarah Maret
Production manager: Kathrin Isberner, Katrin Klöntrup (HR)
Production assistant: Nick Pastucha, Judith Fächner
Production supervisor: Daniela Schöne
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Commissioning editors: Esther Schapira (HR), Dr. Georg Hafner (HR), Marie-Elisabeth Denzer (SR)

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