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Assassin of the Tsar

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Assassin of the Tsar
Assassin of the Tsar Poster.jpg
English Release Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov
Release Date 1991
Language Russian/English
Studio Courier Studios
Spectator Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
Timofeyev / Yakov Yurovsky Malcolm McDowell
Dr. Aleksey Smirnov / Emperor Nicholas II Oleg Yankovskiy
Dr. Aleksandr Yegorovich Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
Empress Aleksandra Olga Antonova
Prince Aleksei Aleksey Logunov
Kozlov Yuriy Sherstnyov

Assassin of the Tsar (Russian title Tsareubiytsa) is a 1991 Soviet-British movie directed by Karen Shakhnazarov and starring Malcolm McDowell and Oleg Yankovskiy. Timofeyev (Malcolm McDowell) is a patient in a mental hospital; he thinks himself to be a reincarnation of Yakov Yurovsky, Russian revolutionary who was the chief executioner of Emperor Nicholas II and his family in 1918. Dr. Smirnov (Oleg Yankovskiy) spends much time, talking with Timofeyev, who tells him the story of the event of 1918 through the eyes of Yurovsky. Slow but steady Smirnov identifies himself with Tzar Nicholas and dies in the anniversary of the execution.

The following weapons were used in the film Assassin of the Tsar:


Nagant M1895

Yakov Yurovsky (Malcolm McDowell) and his subordinates use Nagant M1895 revolvers to execute Tzar Nicholas and his family.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N
Yurovsky draws his revolver.
Yurovsky carries the Nagant tucked at his belt.

Mauser C96

Medvedev (uncredited), one of Yurovsky's subordinates, carries a Mauser C96 pistol in typical wooden holster.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Medvedev carries a Mauser in wooden holster.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Original Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are carried by the guards of the house where Tzar Nicholas was living in the town of Yekaterinburg.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
A guard carries the rifle with bayonet.
A guard at the doors of the room of Tzar Nicholas.
A close view of the rifle.
One of the guards carries the rifle in the scene of the execution.

Mosin Nagant "Obrez"

A sawn-off Mosin Nagant Rifle is seen in hands of one the guards.

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30. In Russian such weapon is called "obrez" which means "cut". It was mostly used by criminals and rebels.
Assassin of the Tsar-M91-2.jpg

Machine Guns


In one scene a Chauchat machine gun is seen in the room of the guards.

Chauchat Light Machine Gun - 8x50mmR Lebel
Assassin of the Tsar-Chauchat-1.jpg
The Chauchat is seen on the table.

Maxim M1910

Two Maxim machine guns are mounted on a Fiat-Izhorsky Armoured Car (the armoured car is a modern mockup so the machine guns also can be mockups).

Maxim 1910 with 'Sokolov' wheel mount, w/o shield - 7.62x54mmR
An abandoned Fiat-Izhorsky Armoured Car, armed with two Maxims, is seen at the left.


76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

The 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902.

76.2mm M1902 Putilov Field Gun
A 76.2-mm M1902 field gun is seen in one of the scene of 1918.
Russian release poster
English release DVD cover. The pistol on the cover is a French MAB Model D that didn't exist in 1918.

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