“The FBI is meant to protect the democratic process, not use its powers to manipulate it. While leaks are an important part of the public’s ability to scrutinize government, elections cannot be free and fair if those in intelligence agencies use the information they gather to damage politicians they don’t like and assist those they do. Doing so is not simply a violation of the Justice Department’s ethical guidelines, it is an abuse of power.” source: Adam Serwer, The Atlantic. How James Comey Hurt the FBI and the Democratic Process

The film “Burnt by the Sun” (RussianУтомлённые солнцемtranslit. Utomlyonnye solntsem, literally “wearied by the sun”) is a 1994 film by Russian director and screenwriter Nikita Mikhalkov and Azerbaijani screenwriter Rustam Ibragimbekov. The film depicts the story of a senior Red Army officer, played by Mikhalkov, and his family during the Great Purge of the late 1930s in the Stalinist Soviet Union.  The film achieved a high degree of popularity in Russia and positive reviews in the United States. It received the Grand Prize at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and other honors.

Screenwriter Rustam Ibragimbekov said the film represented a statement on totalitarianism, and the sun in the film represents Joseph Stalin.

Nikita Mikhalkov stated in making the film, his belief was that “Bolshevism did not bring happiness to our country.” However, he doubted whether “entire generations” could be judged for actions caused by wider social problems. Mikhalkov also took inspiration from his young daughter Nadezhda Mikhalkova, and memories of his home. Azerbaijani screenwriter Rustam Ibragimbekov created the storyline with Mikhalkov and collaborated with him on the dialogue. (Wikipedia)