Cover Osteuropa 11/2022

In Osteuropa 11/2022

Stierlitz and His Grandsons
Russia’s Intelligence Services in Literature and Film

Ulrich Schmid

Deutsche Fassung


Most recently, the work of the intelligence services has gained in importance as a source of material for cultural productions in Russia. As the Putin regime hardens its political course, the image of the intelligence services in Russian society is increasingly being cast in a positive light. New television series follow a dual line of tradition. On the one hand, the cult series “17 Moments of Spring” pursues a style-defining function. On the other hand, viewing habits rooted in Hollywood are also taken into account. A critical literary or cinematic examination of the various intelligence services’ activities is not possible in Russia at present.

(Osteuropa 11/2022, pp. 171–182)