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Spycraft Through Film

Authors: Alexandra Borisenko and Victor Sonkin

Jan/Feb 2006
Study Russia
Page 23   (10 pages)

Summary: It would be hard to overestimate the cultural impact of film on Russian culture. We plumb the depths of this phenomenon in this year’s Study Russia section.

This article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2006 issue of Russian Life. The text of this article is not available online. Follow the link to the full issue listing to see if the back issue is available through our webstore.

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