"A group of Russian biologists including researchers from the Far East Russia Orca Project organized two screenings of the documentary “Blackfish” for the marine mammal scientific community on the 24th of September and for the Russian public on the 27th of September. The screenings were held in the framework of the "Marine Mammals of Holarctic" conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. After the showings, there was discussion on the orca captures in Russia. About 100 people attended both screenings.
At the conference, on the 27th of September two invited guests participated in the discussion – Naomi Rose and Gayane Petrosyan. Naomi Rose has worked in the marine mammal advocacy field for over 20 years. She gave a lot of useful information about the experience of other countries and how public opinion could play a role. Gayane Petrosyan, a journalist and film director, is creating a documentary about marine mammal captivity in Russia and she presented an abstract of this film. It was very impressive. The audience was friendly. People mostly asked: "what could be done to change the situation in Russia?". As a followup, many organizations in Russia have expressed a desire to hold a screening of the "Blackfish"."