RUSSIA’S OPEN BOOK is co-directed by Paul Mitchell, who won a 2012 Peabody Award for the BBC/NatGeo television series, Putin, Russia and the West. Since 1990 Mitchell has lived in the UK, producing award-winning films for the BBC, Channel 4, France Télévision, and PBS, among others. His films have covered subjects as diverse as the history of perestroika and rock and roll in the USSR to the fate of the orphans of Argentina’s dirty war. His multipart series The Death of Yugoslavia (1995) is ranked no. 87 on the British Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest British television programs ever to have been screened. Mitchell’s films also have won the du Pont-Columbia Award, the Peabody Award, and the Emmy, BAFTA, Royal Television Society, New York Festival, and the Greirson awards.