VIDEO: The Cold War Is Over But Hollywood Still Loves Its Russian Villains

From Indiana Jones to The Americans, We Can’t Resist A Soviet Foil

Good stories need a good villain, and for well over half a century, Russian commies and their surrogates have fared quite well at Hollywood casting calls. The diversity of Russian villains over time, as our short video makes clear, has been astonishing. Russian villains have been idealistic true believers, femme fatales, muscular soldiers, clever scientists, shady billionaires, and cartoon characters.

What’s more, as both Kati Marton and Jonathan Haslam write in this Inquiry, one of the more haunting aspects of the Russian menace was its ability to lure some …

Our Man in Minsk

Lee Harvey Oswald's Soviet World

I went to Minsk to find Lee Harvey Oswald. Not the man, of course. His world – his apartment, on 4 Communist Street; the television and radio factory where he …