Konstantin Khabensky as Trotsky. (Image: Netflix)

One of the unintended effects of the vast growth of Netflix is the sheer demand it has for new product. This is increasingly being sourced from non-US places, and so viewers are exposed to worldviews other than their own, and how the rest of the world thinks. And that is sometimes an amazing and horrifying experience.

Take Trotsky, an eight-part series currently on offer, detailing the rise and fall of the co-leader of the October revolution. Produced in Russia, it is a fervently anti-Bolshevik picture of the era, with even neocon journal Foreign Affairs noting that it reduced Lenin and others to caricatures. When Foreign Affairs thinks that…