In Democracy Threatens, the second episode of this four-part series about Putin, there's an extraordinary interview with retiring Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. He admits to being Putin’s ally in swinging the Ukrainian election to Russia's advantage and tells the inside story of the fixed elections of 2004. The film explores how the popularity of the opposition candidate Victor Yushchenko grows after a mysterious poisoning attempt but also how the Putin-backed candidate is still declared the winner of the rigged election, sparking the Orange Revolution as opposition supporters occupy the main square. A huge clampdown on human rights groups follows: critics of Putin, including the British ambassador, are intimidated and tens of thousands of young Russians are mobilised to fight the threat of democracy.