'For God, Tsar and Fatherland'What does democracy mean to you? Does it mean the same thing in the US as it does in Russia? Mikhail Morozov (AKA Mikhail Fedorovich), "a Russian patriot, devout Christian and millionaire businessman ... also presides over Duravoko -- 'the village of fools' southwest of Moscow -- where people willingly come from all over Russia to free themselves from freedom." For God, Tsar and Fatherland examines a community struggling to deal with the US concept of "democracy." The documentary is available for free online viewing, courtesy of our friends at SnagFilms, and is quite timely, in view of President Obama's first trip to Russia this week.

Morozov gets a memorable, if not entirely flattering, introduction: a view from behind as the portly, balding man jumps into a swimming pool. It's almost as though journalist / filmmaker Nino Kirtadze wants to strip the man down to his essence, and then allow the film to clothe Morozov with the issues that define him. He lays down the law to a potential resident: listen and obey only me; don't ask questions. He leads the prayers for the group and ties God, Tsar, and the Fatherland (Russia) all together into a trinity. "Western-style" democracy, he says, has only led to disaster.

To be certain, the doc is dryly presented, yet it's of interest because it provides a Russian perspective, questioning why resistance to "Western-style" democracy seems to be gaining ground. More information about the film is available at the Why Democracy site and at SnagFilms.

After the jump: Watch For God, Tsar and Fatherland.