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Cruelty (Zhestokost)

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Cruelty (Zhestokost)
Zhestokost 1959 Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vladimir Skuybin
Release Date 1959
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Veniamin Malyshev Georgiy Yumatov
Lazar Baukin Boris Andreyev
Yefrem Yefremovich Nikolay Kryuchkov
Aleksandr aka San'ka Aleksandr Susnin
Yakov Uzelkov Vladimir Andreyev
Yulya Maltseva Margarita Zhigunova
Konstantin Vorontsov Apollon Yachnitskiy
Klava Zvyagina Klavdiya Khabarova

Cruelty (Zhestokost) is a Soviet 1959 drama movie directed by Vladimir Skuybin and based on the novel by Pavel Nilin. The movie is set in 1920s in a small Siberian town. Local Ugolovny Rozysk (criminal police) hunts for the gang of brigands, lead by Vorontsov who claims himself "Emperor of taiga". Chief of Ugolovny Rozysk Yefrem Yefremovich and young, honest Deputy Chief Veniamin Malyshev differ in the methods of struggle against brigands. Malyshev convincies arrested brigand Lazar Baukin to change sides and help to capture Vorontsov. But after the victory Malyshev, betrayed by his superior and by his beloved woman, commits suicide.

The following weapons were used in the film Cruelty (Zhestokost):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are main sidearms of Ugolovny Rozysk operatives, notably San'ka (Aleksandr Susnin). All Nagants in the movie are of anachronistic post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant
An operative (Vyacheslav Bogachyov) fires his Nagant during the shootout in winter taiga.
Sanka's Nagant is seen on the table.
Senior Militioneer Vorobyov (Nikolai Parfyonov) carries holstered Nagant.
Vorobyov draws his revolver.
Sanka holds the Nagant in the final scene.

Steyr M1912

Steyr M1912 pistol is a personal sidearm of Deputy Chief of Ugolovny Rozysk Veniamin Malyshev (Georgiy Yumatov).

Steyr Model 1912 - 9x23mm Steyr
Malyshev holds his pistol during the shootout in winter taiga.
Another view of the same scene.
Malyshev draws his pistol in the final scene.

Mauser C96

Chief of Ugolovny Rozysk Yefrem Yefremovich (Nikolay Kryuchkov) carries a Mauser C96 in signature wooden holster.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser

Unknown Pistol

Yefrem Yefremovich (Nikolay Kryuchkov) also carries a pistol in holster. Only a small portion of the grip can be seen.

The visible part of the grip seems to be a spur, similar to the one of Femaru 37M but it's very vague guess.
The holster itself fits for said Femaru 37M or FN Model 1910 pistols.


Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are widely used by Ugolovny Rozysk operatives and brigands.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Malyshev (Georgiy Yumatov) holds a carbine during the shootout in winter taiga. His rifle looks slightly different from both M07 and M38 Carbines but fits M38 better.
Another view of Malyshev's nonstandard carbine.
An operative (Aleksey Korotyukov) in action with M38 Carbine.
Another operative (Nikolay Pogodin) in action with M38 Carbine.
Malyshev (at the background) holds M38 Carbine that switches from M91/30 rifle (see below) due to a continuity error.
Ugolovny Rozysk operatives fire M38 Carbines.
Lazar Baukin (Boris Andreyev) in action with M38 Carbine.
Lazar Baukin holds M38 Carbine in another scene.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Some full-length Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for correct M91s, are also seen.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
During the shootout Malyshev's (Georgiy Yumatov) carbine switches to full-length rifle due to a continuity error.
Malyshev reloads.

Mosin Nagant "Obrez"

Some brigands are armed with sawn-off Mosin Nagant "obrez".

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R. In Russian such weapon is called "obrez" which means "cut". It was mostly used by criminals and rebels.
Lazar Baukin (Boris Andreyev) holds his "obrez".
A brigand at the background carries an "obrez" on sling.
Sledge coachman (Ivan Ryzhov) holds his "obrez".

Arisaka Type 38

In one scene Malyshev (Georgiy Yumatov) briefly holds Arisaka Type 38 rifle.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka

Machine Guns


Lewis Machine Gun is used by Ugolovny Rozysk operative (Vyacheslav Bogachyov) during the shootout in winter taiga. The Lewis doesn't fire but the muzzle flame is imitated by pyrotechnic charge.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
The operative aims the Lewis.
Another view of the Lewis.
The general view of the machine gun.
The muzzle flame is imitated by pyrotechnic charge.

Other Weapons

Dummy Training Grenade

Lazar Baukin (Boris Andreyev) holds a hand grenade that appears to be dummy training stick grenade. It stands for RG-14 hand grenade.

Training stick grenade. Such cast aluminum dummies were widely used in USSR for basic training.
RG-14 Russian hand grenade

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