TV Movie,Crime,Drama,History   United States of America

Citizen X is a gripping crime thriller that delves into the true story of the notorious Russian serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, also known as the Butcher of Rostov. Set during the 1980s in the Soviet Union, the film focuses on the relentless efforts of Detective Viktor Burakov, who is assigned to investigate a series of brutal murders targeting young children and adolescents.

As the case progresses, Burakov discovers the disturbing pattern of the killer's sadistic acts, realizing that these heinous crimes are the work of a serial murderer. However, the detective faces numerous obstacles along the way. The Communist regime's strict denial of the existence of serial killers presents a major challenge, as the government fears that such crimes could tarnish their image of a perfect society.

Burakov's investigation is further hampered by the incompetence and bureaucracy within the police force. The lack of forensic technology and experience in dealing with serial killers becomes apparent, leaving the detective feeling frustrated and isolated. Moreover, the killer's choice of victims, mostly disadvantaged individuals, adds another layer to the complexity of the case.

As the body count continues to rise, Burakov becomes obsessed with capturing the elusive killer, his determination fueled by the memory of a victim he was unable to save. The detective forms an unlikely alliance with forensic expert Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky, who specializes in profiling serial killers. Together, they develop groundbreaking forensic techniques and psychological profiles to aid their investigation.

Despite their advancements, Burakov and Bukhanovsky often find themselves clashing with the system, especially with their superior, Colonel Mikhail Fetisov, who is more interested in maintaining the Communist Party's image than solving the case. The pressure intensifies when a Russian politician becomes involved, threatening to derail their progress entirely.

Driven by their unwavering pursuit of justice, Burakov and Bukhanovsky navigate through a dark, sinister underworld, exposing the devastating truths surrounding Chikatilo's killings. Over the years, they uncover horrifying details about the killer's deranged sexual motivations and his ability to evade capture through carefully calculated methods.

As Citizen X reaches its climax, Burakov and Bukhanovsky come tantalizingly close to unveiling the identity of Chikatilo. However, even after a decade of tireless investigation, the two detectives face an arduous battle to convict the serial killer and bring him to justice in a legal system that prioritizes the preservation of a pristine societal image over delivering true justice.

Citizen X serves as a chilling reminder of the harrowing events that transpired in the Soviet Union and the incredible dedication of those who fought to expose the darkness hidden beneath the surface.
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