Is this TL a good start?

  • Yes

    Votes: 8 66.7%
  • No

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Maybe

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • Perhaps?

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Well, it’s nice to see Russia love their history, and it seems that Hollywood still have stop having any ide for a movie, since this movie plot is quite similar with red dawn
Russia’s rise in the world also influenced Hollywood. The movie The Patriot released in 2007 depicts the life of a normal American farmer in Alaska, conducting a guerilla war against a Russian occupied American West Coast, with Alaska in particular being directly incorporated with the Czardom of Russia.
Thanks for the popular culture report, it helps bring this Russia, and EU to life.

I could see The Romanovs being a joint BBC production, it’s the kind of big budget, high costume drama they like doing.

Is the number of documentaries about Rasputin in double or triple figures by 2020?

A Russian version of Yes, Minister would probably work I’d imagine?

Would a Russia made answer to The Patriot be one where Russia held onto Alaska in best Alt History style? Last holdout of the Monarchist during the Soviet years, Allies in WW2, until proven ‘right’ after the fall of the USSR and reconciliation with the Motherland...

What’s the music scene like in Russia?


Chapter 54: Popular Culture and Sports during the Chancellorship of Grigory Yavlinsky.


Being one of the first few countries in the world to be interested in telecommunications, animation and moving pictures in general, which stemmed from the Russian Empire itself, the Czardom of Russia or back then the Russian Federation did not disappoint on the fact that it had a lot going for itself in terms of popular culture.

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Timur Bekmambetov is a famous Russian director of Kazakh origin.

In late 1996, the first caretaker movie to be released in Russia under President Grigory Yavlinsky would be the movie Chechnya which depicted the Chechen Wars in all their brutality. The movie followed the life of an ethnic Chechen, who was indifferent to the idea of an independent Chechnya, good if it was, good if it wasn’t, both. However as the war drags on, and both sides commit brutal reprisals against the other, the main character is caught between a rock and hard place, which causes him to turn to the FSB to protect his wife, an ethnic Russian and their child, a half Russian and half Chechen. The movie is not well-known outside of Russia or the Eurasian Union, however for the people of Russia itself, the movie is a master piece and shows how hard life was during the hard times after the fall of the Soviet Union.

As the Russian economy continued to recover from the fall of the Soviet Union, the status of Russian telecommunications and all that it entailed continued to grow better as well. The famed soviet animation studio Soyuzmultfilm returned from being a leased animation studio to a full-fledged animation studio under partial governmental ownership, though around 2/3 were owned by private investors. Soyuzmultfilm remains Russia’s largest and perhaps wealthiest animation studios and is the home to multiple famous animated movies and television series. It also produces a side channel in the Russian cable known as Detskiy Kanal which was a children’s cartoon channel which had multiple cartoon shows running for children. In the separate republics of Russia back then, the series were dubbed in their indigenous recognized minority languages as well.

As one of the major drivers for the stabilization of the Russian economy became electronics and their gadgets, television and telecommunications came into the limelight soon enough as well. Russian cinema as a result also got a boost and investment into the cinema industry was also encouraged by the government. The shares of the cinema industry grew by around 21% in the entire year of 1996 alone.

In 1997, the blockbuster film that became famous throughout the Cyrillic reading world, The Thief was released by Russian studios directed by Pavel Chukhray. The movie depicts the life of a young boy, Dmitry, just aged 7 in the city of Leningrad when Operation Barbarossa hits the Soviet Union. His father is conscripted in the Red Army, and his mother dies in a bombing raid on the city, leaving Dmitry parentless and an orphan. Describing the journey of Dmitry from 1941 to 1945, where he lives throughout the Siege of Leningrad, and through war miseries, the movie ends with him reuniting with his father in 1945, becoming one of the few Soviet troops who survived the 1941-45. The movie is known for using less amount of dialogue, instead capturing the dread of the moments through sound and animation effects. The movie was praised for being an extremely accurate description of war.

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A poster of The Thief.

That same year a new movie was released by another Russian studio, called The NKVD which highlighted the life of a low NKVD soldier during the height of the Red Terror. The story progresses as the soldier becomes increasingly unhinged showing the despairs that an intelligence soldier had to cope with during their darkest times. Both movies would be brought forward in the Cannes movie festival later on, and receive a lot of praise.

Russian films in the 1990s started to revolve around the Soviet Union, with many highlighting how a normal day in the USSR was back in its early days. Two Television serials however would stand out. The first was Kaluk. This television serial follows the life of a son of a Kaluk as he see’s all that he once owned and earned, seized from him, living in abject poverty and trying to get by in the earliest days of Soviet Russia. The second was Chernobyl. Chernobyl is a popular television series in Russia started in mid-1997 which goes in detail about the Chernobyl explosion. It was shot and produced in conjunction with several Ukrainian and Belarusian studios.

Russian cinema also has a name for itself in the Horror genre. Russian horror films are very famous in Slavic countries, and the Central Asian countries, as well as Mongolia, South Korea, Japan and China. For example, the movie The Son and the Mother released in 1998 revolves around a son and a mother living in Siberia in 1910 with the mother’s husband having been a killed soldier during the Russo-Japanese War. The story revolves around an abandoned church nearby with something haunting them. The film is regarded as the first of a series of successful horror films produced in Russia. This movie would also go to inspire one of the most iconic games of the late 1990s, Silent Hill produced by Konami.

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1. A poster of the Mother and Son 2. logo of Silent Hill.

Meanwhile Russian animation also grew once again, and the animated movie The Old Man and the Sea released in 1999 was also a praise worthy film that became the highest grossing animated movie made by Russia in the 1990s. The plot follows the book of the same name written in 1952.

Russian videogame industry however was in its infancy. The USSR did have a small videogame industry, however most of them were cheap knockoffs of western arcades. As such, the Russian videogame industry had to be built from ground upwards. In 1997, the first Russian videogame firm, Kompaniya Animatsionykh igr or simply KAI in short was established in Kazan, Russia, and would soon become the videogame giant of Russia, with it’s first video game, Ivan Pirat or Ivan the Pirate follows a 1990s rpg game format which details the life of Ivan, one of the rare few Russian pirates which were active in the Caribbean sea. It would not be successful outside of Russia, however it would remain successful within Russia itself.

However the most iconic Russian television serial of all would be introduced in 2001, called The Romanovs. The Romanovs is a Russian television channel, also dubbed in Ukrainian, Belarusian, Chechen, Kazakh, and English, which depicts the lives of the Russian monarchs and nobility ever since the reign of Tsar Mikhail I of Russia. It depicts their ups and downs, their high points and low points as well as their strengths and weaknesses to great effects. The show is also credited with the fact that it introduced many young Russians to the former Russian monarchy, and it may have influenced some of the swing voters during the 2004 Russian monarchical referendum.

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a scene from the Romanovs TV series.

Russians also became big fans of British television. Radio 1 and Channel 4 become large sectors of Russian television lives by the end of the century.

In the 2000s, Russian cinema boomed. It became one of Russia’s largest industrial sectors. Television series also became a large part of Russian culture, and the current top 5 Russian tv shows are:-

Detektiv. The show follows a young Russian detective as a part of the Okhrana during the 1905 Russian Revolution and beyond.

Lyubit. A romantic soap opera following the love lives of a rich Russian nobleman in the Victorian Era who falls in love with a serf woman.

Shpion. A tv series following the life of a KGB agent living in America during the height of the cold war.

Zhizn. A tv series following the life of a simple farmer during the Cold war as he experiences the changes of the Soviet Union, living from 1901 to 1987.

Svyashcenik. The series follows the life of an Orthodox priest from 1922 to 1967, following his struggle to keep his faith and keep the faith of others too in an openly atheist nation.

As the videogaming sector in Russia grew as well, several new games were influenced by Russian gaming. A medium scale Russian video game studio, Infinity Gaming was also bought by Activision, a videogaming giant from the USA, creating an Activision branch in Russia. The Activision Russian Branch would also create several games called Chest’ I zhertva which are Russian FPS games set in World War 1, World War 2 and several cold war conflicts. However the biggest change in Russian gaming would be in 2007, when the world famous game series Call of Duty published their new gaming series, called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The story takes place in the year 2008, where a radical leader has executed the leader of an unnamed Middle Eastern country, and a neo-soviet force in Russia sparks an insurgency alongside nationalistic insurgencies on part from Chechnya and Ingushetia. The conflicts are seen from the perspective of a US Marine Force Recon sergeant, a British SAS operator, and a Russian Spetznaz foot soldier. The game’s plot ends with an ominous warning about a world war about to begin showing a satellite image of the Russian navy sailing across the Pacific as the great powers erupt into global war. The game received universal acclaim from critics, with the gameplay and story receiving particular praise and became the highest grossing game bought in Russia.

Russia’s rise in the world also influenced Hollywood. The movie The Patriot released in 2007 depicts the life of a normal American farmer in Alaska, conducting a guerilla war against a Russian occupied American West Coast, with Alaska in particular being directly incorporated with the Czardom of Russia. The movie was slightly controversial as the movie depicted the Russian monarchy as an absolute one, which was rejected by Tsar Mikhail II and was called a disgrace in depicting Russian administration.

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A scene from the Patriot.

- Excerpts from ‘Popular Culture in Russia’ written by Mikhail Godonovsky in 2009.

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Logo of the Russian Premier League.

Football is the most popular sport in Russia, beating Hockey by a good margin. The first level of the Russian football league system is the 16 club Premier League. Below it is the National Football League, which contains 20 clubs. Below that is the Russian Professional Football League consisting of 78 Football clubs all throughout the nation. Below that is the Russian Amateur Football League which consists of uncountable football clubs divided into regional leagues. The list of clubs within the Russian Premier League are:-

1. Akhmat Grozny.

2. Tula Arsenals.

3. Dynamo Moscow

4. Krasnodar Arrows.

5. Royal St. Petersburg

6. Vladivostok Lions

7. Rotor Volgograd

8. Rubin Kazan.

9. Sochi Marines
10. FC Yekaterinburg
11. Sevastopol Cossacks.
12. Minsk Unicorns.
13. Omsk Frost Legions.
14. Tambov
15. Ufa
16. Rostov Tigers.

The champions of the Russian Premier League historically along with top scorers are:-

1995: Dynamo Moscow (Oleg Veretennikov – 25 goals)

1996: Rotor Volgograd (Aleksandr Maslov – 23 goals)

1997: Dynamo Moscow (Oleg Veretennikov – 22 goals)

1998: Minsk Unicorns (Oleg Veretennikov – 22 goals)

1999: Dynamo Moscow (Georgi Demetradze – 21 goals)

2000: Royal St. Petersburg (Dmitri Loskov – 18 goals)

2001: Akhmat Grozny (Dmitry Vyazmikin -18 goals)

2002: Dynamo Moscow (Rolan Gusev – 16 goals)

2003: Vladivostok Lions (Dmitry Loskov – 19 goals)

2004: Rotor Volgograd (Aleksander Kerzhakiv – 21 goals)

2005: Rubin Kazan (Dmitri Kirichenko -18 goals)

2006: Akhmat Grozny (Roman Pavlyuchenko – 17 goals)

2007: Royal St. Petersburg (Roman Adamov – 23 goals)

2008: Rubin Kazan (Vagner Love – 20 goals)

Ice Hockey is also a big game in Russia, with the Gregarin Cup being hotly contested by many in the country. The Youth Hockey League and the Kontinental Hockey League are all smaller Hockey leagues in Russia as well.

Tennis, Chess, Motorsport Martial Arts, rugby and basketball are also minor sports that enjoy success in Russia. In recent times, cricket has also come into the limelight with the Russian National Cricket Team reaching division 3 in 2006, as per the rules of the ICC.

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Logo of the Russian Cricket Team.

Speaking of pop culture, I really liked this chapter. I think it would be nice to an overview of the popular franchises, trends, individual media, acting and music careers of specific people, and sports in America, the West, and Japan in the 2000s. We've already seen some brief glimpses of it in this chapter, but a full in-depth look would nice to do, much like Russia. There are some historical butterflies that might affect specific works of fiction in this universe because of a much worse 1993 Russian constitutional crisis and Grigory Yavlinsky winning the 1996 election.

Also, we've already seen another major divergence with one movie. The Patriot of Russia Resurgent is a composite of OTL's movie (an American man fighting against an occupation force from another country) and Red Dawn (a foreign power occupying the Western United States). My guess is that it is still directed by Mel Gibson and some of the same cast. One thing to note is that I think that it would not be a Russian invasion rather it would be conducted by the Eurasian Union State.
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Considering that the Eurasian Union State is a composite of the USSR and the EU, there will be calls from some political organizations for the centralization of all member states into a single nation. Considering that the relations between Russia and the other ex-Soviet republics are much better than OTL, we might even see a Eurasian Olympic team for instance.


Continuing on the subject of pop culture in Russia Resurgent, the THQ video game Homefront won't be about a unified Korea invading the United States rather it will be an ultranationalist-ruled Russia/Eurasia that leads the entire world into a Third World War. Most of continental Europe would be under the domination of the Eurasian Union State, much like the Greater Korean Republic ruled Asia (minus India and China). Since the EUS is quite powerful, it does at least make the idea of a Eurasian invasion of America and subsequent occupation of the territory west of the Mississippi River plausible, unlike Juche-influenced Koreans.

The premises of Metro 2033 and The Book of Eli are now slightly more plausible in this universe because of the existence of the Eurasian Union State and a much larger Collective Security Treaty Organization unlike OTL.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, or whatever it is called in TTL, might not be that different for most of the movies. Still, Russian antagonists will be slightly more prominent, and the Second Cold War could serve as the backdrop for some films. Ivan Vanko in Iron Man 2 might become the main antagonist with a richly developed tragic backstory as opposed to being an underdeveloped, two-dimensional goon for Justin Hammer.

Either way, Russia/Eurasia will serve as the new Big Bad in most American and Western military fiction.
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Though perhaps less in countries that are finding ways to work with Russia/EU such as the UK and Germany.

Very likely demonised in Poland, and France.
Good point. Taken, for instance, had Albanian and Turkish human traffickers as the main antagonists, but since the socio-political landscape is completely in TTL, the choice of villains would be changed to Eurasians instead (i.e., Russians and Ukrainians), especially since the producer Luc Besson is from the latter country.
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Sorry to barge in randomly I'm only on Chapter 6 the year 2000, I still have quite a ways to go till getting here (this is not to say I'm not liking the TL) but I'll leave a comment about the modernizing of the Russian Navy 2000, some of the quotes and points listed out "may" have driven me insane heh.. heh.. hee (totally sane laughter) , I'll just leave this comment here as a reminder when I finish the TL.

If you want me to make a detailed list of the problems I found in the Naval matters of Chapter 6 then I'll put them out (eventually in either days or weeks), if you don't want me too then I'll just continue reading the TL.
Sorry to barge in randomly I'm only on Chapter 6 the year 2000, I still have quite a ways to go till getting here (this is not to say I'm not liking the TL) but I'll leave a comment about the modernizing of the Russian Navy 2000, some of the quotes and points listed out "may" have driven me insane heh.. heh.. hee (totally sane laughter) , I'll just leave this comment here as a reminder when I finish the TL.

If you want me to make a detailed list of the problems I found in the Naval matters of Chapter 6 then I'll put them out (eventually in either days or weeks), if you don't want me too then I'll just continue reading the TL.
I usually take problems in PM's if u want.