We are the champions: basketball film wows Russians before election

25 January 2018

A Russian film about a Soviet Cold War sports victory over the United States has broken box office records. The film tells the story of how the Soviet basketball team controversially beat the U.S. national team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Some Russians have hailed the film as a national morale boost. This follows  months before a presidential election by borrowing a page from Vladimir Putin's play book: appealing to Russian patriotism.