The Russian Question is a classic Soviet film by Mikhail Romm that throws audiences back to the dawn of the Cold War. Based on a play by Konstantin Simonov, the film advocates against Western propaganda about the Soviet Union.
The talented American journalist Harry Smith had previously written a book about the bravery of Soviet soldiers in 1942. However, after the end of the war, when the book was published he discovered it had largely been edited to promote the message of Soviet aggression. After that, yielding to pressure from his fiancé, Harry agrees to earn some extra money by writing a new book about the Soviets. And so he sets out for a fact-finding trip to the USSR.
During his trip, Harry’s sympathy for the Soviet people only strengthens. However, his generous fee for writing the book comes with the precondition that he must paint a negative picture of the Soviet people. And so Harry finds himself having to choose between writing a book that either is in accord with his conscience or promotes his personal well-being.