The BBC drama may reinforce negative views of Russia, says the novelist Vesna Goldsworthy
The much-hyped promise of James Norton — in his role as Alex Godman, McMafia’s English public school-educated baby oligarch — whispering sweet nothings in fluent Russian is enough to make a grown woman tremble at the knees. And I knew from Leviathan, one of my favourite Russian films, that Aleksey Serebryakov, who plays Godman’s retired mafia-boss father, can achieve more depth with his left eyebrow than most actors could with their entire bodies.
Yet as I sat down in front of my TV with a cup of smoky Russian Caravan tea (as easy to obtain in London’s Russian shops as it is in Moscow) I felt increasing anxiety. The series is based on Misha Glenny’s penetrating study of global crime networks, so why are the…
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