Kompromat (out Dec 1) is based on actual events and is the tale of a Alliance fran├žaise director posted to Russia who convicted of false crimes after getting on the wrong side of government officials. It's clunky in the way it portrays the lead (he's so smart at times and so dumb at other times) but it's still an interesting true story which highlights Russian corruption within the government, media, and judiciary. Grade: B.