From Seinfeld's cable guys to Viktor Petrov: a TV history of Russian baddies

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Red-scare-inducing Russian villains litter US programmes. As McMafia updates the trope for the modern world, we take a look at its forebears

In McMafia, James Norton is back on our screens as Alex, the effete London-raised son of a dirty-dealing Russian oligarch, who must go round the world attending to his mobster family’s business. An adaptation of Misha Glenny’s non-fiction survey of global organised crime, McMafia seems keen to avoid the obvious stereotypes. In fact, it protests too much, what with characters running around saying things like: “They think we are all gaaaangsturs.”

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