How ‘Catherine the Great,’ ‘Chernobyl’ Challenge the Hollywood Script on Russia

Hollywood loves a good baddie, and for the last 50 or so years, a large proportion of those villains have been Russian. Take Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Apollo Creed in the ring in “Rocky IV,” or Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman), who hijacked the President’s plane in “Air Force One,” or more recently the Terminator-like Grigori (Andrey Ivchenko), battling Jim Hopper in the latest season of “Stranger Things.”

Between the Cold War’s impact on the American consciousness and more recent allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and President Trump’s entanglement with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,
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