Evgenia Olimpieva

Articles by Evgenia Olimpieva

Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” and Debates on Authority, Agency and Authenticity

We argue that the film effectively generated political debates because it left viewers to grapple with a series of ambiguous positions, which merit attention at a moment when most observers are focused on the widening reach of Russian state “propaganda.” An account of how societal or civic voices responded to the state’s narratives reveals a very different and novel “map” of Russia’s contemporary ideological terrain.

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