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The Soviet War in Afghanistan had an important impact in popular culture in the West, due to its scope, and the great number of countries involved. The Russian film The 9th Company,[1] for example, became a blockbuster in Russia earning millions of dollars and also representing a new trend in Russia in which some domestic films are "drawing Russian audiences away from Hollywood staples."[2] Indeed, the use of the war in Russian cinema has attracted scholarly attention as well.[3] Some of this attention focuses on comparisons of the conflict with other modern wars in Vietnam and Chechnya.[4] Other work focuses the war and fictional accounts of it in the context of Soviet military culture.[5] This article demonstrates the influence of the Soviet War in Afghanistan on popular culture by providing a list of the notable books and audio-visual media that concern this historically significant event. For a reference to responses to the Soviet invasion in Afghan popular culture, see "war rugs".


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Media and popular culture


  1. ^ The 9th Company (Russian: «9 рота») is a Russian / Finnish film by Fyodor Bondarchuk about the Soviet war in Afghanistan released in 2005]
  2. ^ "From Bitter Memories, A Russian Blockbuster Film About Soviet Defeat in Afghanistan Is Reminder Of U.S. Experience in Vietnam, Fighting in Chechnya" By Peter Finn, Washington Post Foreign Service (Thursday, October 20, 2005): A16.
  3. ^ Elena Shulman, "Russian War Films: On the Cinema Front, 1914-2005 (review)," The Journal of Military History 71.3 (July 2007): 967-968. The article discusses how "The book begins with a discussion of films set in the context of World War I, the Russian Civil War, World War II, and the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan..."
  4. ^ "The Literature of Vietnam and Afghanistan: Exploring War and Peace with Adolescents" by Francis E. Kazemek, The Alan Review 23.3 (Spring 1996).
  5. ^ "A Glimpse into Soviet Military Culture" - "Review of The Military Uses of Literature: Fiction and the Armed Forces in the Soviet Union by Mark D. Van Ells on H-War (August, 1996).
  6. ^ Afghan war film makes box office history in Russia
  7. ^ "Russian film recalls 'shame' of Afghan war" By Peter Finn, The Washington Post (Saturday, October 22, 2005).


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