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Karel Vas is the cruellest communist killer ever to talk on camera about his career. As the architect of unlawful trials following the 1948 coup in Czechoslovakia, he is infamous for his pragmatic approach to genocide. This film tells the story of his terrible success.

"I am no angel. I made many mistakes, but my hands are clean". The notorious state prosecutor upholds his innocence against the judgment of history. "I have a clear conscience; I never did anything unfair".

As a collaborator with Stalin's secret police, he oversaw the butchery of more than 1,000 German civilians. As a member of the judiciary, he dispensed death sentences to opponents of the regime on grounds of fabricated evidence. But up until his death in December 2012, Vas dismissed his victims as spies and terrorists. "I was always on the side of human progress".

Through candid interviews and access to his prison memoirs, this detailed biopic offers an insight into the disquietingly unconflicted mind of a man who built his career on rationalising savagery. "Arresting citizens wasn't really a crime. I did it in accordance with Soviet commands, which were sacred to me".


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