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Here Lies the Border (Zdes prokhodit granitsa)

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Here Lies the Border
(Zdes prokhodit granitsa)
Zdes prokhodit granitsa Poster.jpg
Modern Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Eduard Khachaturov
Yuri Stepchuk
Release Date 1975
Language Russian
Studio Uzbekfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Yakov Koreshnikov Yuri Dedovich
Fyodor Afanasyevich Lozovoy Ivan Savkin
Aman Turdyev Tulkun Tadzhiyev
Dr. Svetlana Nikolayevna Nina Zabrodina
Talibkhan Yakub Akhmedov
Abzal Nabi Rakhimov
Dzhafarbek Razak Khamrayev

Here Lies the Border (a direct translation of the original title Zdes prokhodit granitsa) is a Soviet B&W 1975 (according to various sources, filmed in 1971, 1973 or (most credible) 1974) adventure mini series directed by Eduard Khachaturov and Yuri Stepchuk. The series depicts the story of Soviet border guards officer Yakov Koreshnikov (Yuri Dedovich) from 1920s until 1970s (Ep.1 is set in 1926 and 1936, Ep.2 in 1942 and Ep.3 in early 1970s) and his encounters with Abzal (Nabi Rakhimov), a Basmach in 1920s and later foreign spy and saboteur.

The following weapons were used in the film Here Lies the Border (Zdes prokhodit granitsa):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by Basmachi in Ep.1. In Ep.2 Abzal (Nabi Rakhimov) uses a Nagant.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
A Dzhafarbek's Basmach holds a Nagant.
Abzal, disguised as a shepherd, holds a Nagant.


Tokarev TT-33

TT-33 pistols are service sidearms of Soviet border guards and NKVD personnel in late 1930s and 1940s (Eps.1 and 2), notably used by the commander of outpost Sr. Lt. Fyodor Afanasyevich Lozovoy (Ivan Savkin), Sr. Lt. Yakov Koreshnikov (Yuri Dedovich) and NKVD Major, posing as "Engineer Georgiy Bragin" (Viktor Rozhdestvenskiy). In Ep.2 the leader of saboteur group Talibkhan (Yakub Akhmedov) has a chrome plated TT, probably same prop used in The Girl from the Legend (Devushka iz legendy), filmed by same studios several years later.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Plainclothes NKVD Major fires a TT at Dzhafarbek's Basmachi in Ep.1.
His pistol malfunctions after first shot.
Lozovoy holds his TT in Ep.1. The pistol is of correct pre-1947 version.
A view from the muzzle.
Lozovoy cocks the pistol.
Talibkhan holds a chrome plated TT in Ep.2.
Talibkhan hold his pistol in action.
Koreshnikov in shootout with saboteurs.
Talibkhan fires.
A closeup of Koreshnikov's pistol when he fires at escaping Talibkhan.

Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistols are used in Ep.1 by Basmachi Talibkhan (Yakub Akhmedov), Dzhafarbek (Razak Khamrayev) and some others. Both classic C96 and C96 M1930 models are seen.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Talibkhan's holster. This Mauser wooden holster with award plating is often seen in Uzbekfilm 1970s-1980s production.
Talibkhan holds his Mauser C96.
A smuggler fires a Mauser. In next moment this classic C96 switches to an M1930 (see below).
Talibkhan holds his Mauser.
Zakir (uncredited) holds a Mauser C96.
Mauser C96 M1930 - 7.63x25mm Mauser. Note the stepped barrel.
Smuggler's classic C96 switches to an M1930 (note the lanyard ring).
Dzhafarbek holds M1930 pistol. The stepped barrel can be seen.
Another view of Dzhafarbek's Mauser.

Luger P08

In Ep.2 Abzal (Nabi Rakhimov) and a saboteur, known as "The Engineer" (Shukhrat Irgashev) carry Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Abzal trains in shooting.
A closer view of Abzal's pistol.
"The Engineer" threatens Khislyat (Utkur Khodzhayev).

Submachine Guns


Many Soviet border guards in Ep.2, set in August 1942, are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A sentry holds a PPSh.
Border guards in shootout with saboteurs. Yefreytor Aman Turdyev (Tulkun Tadzhiyev) at the right, Pvt. Zufarov (uncredited) at the left.
Another view of the scene.
Sr. Lt. Yakov Koreshnikov (Yuri Dedovich) fires Zufarov's PPSh.
Another view of Koreshnikov with PPSh.
Wounded Turdyev with a PPSh.


In Ep.2 saboteurs carry PPS-43 SMGs. These guns have barrel covers removed, probably to make them look similar to MP40s (a very strange choice as MP40s were widely available for Soviet moviemakers).

PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Saboteurs' PPS SMGs. Here are both original SMGs and ones with removed barrel covers.
Saboteurs with fake "MP40s".
"The Engineer" (Shukhrat Irgashev) holds an SMG.
Maksud (Farkhad Khaydarov) holds an SMG.
Maksud fires.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are widely used by Soviet border guards and members of the voluntary brigade of assistance to border guards in Ep.1 (in early scenes, set in 1926, these rifles stand for original M91s).

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Volunteers on firing range.
Volunteers on firing range.
Dzyuba (Valentin Golubenko) with an M91/30 rifle.
Aman Turdyev (Tulkun Tadzhiyev) with M91/30 rifle.
The commander of voluntary brigade Yakov Koreshnikov (Yuri Dedovich) fires his rifle during the encounter with smugglers.
Yakov Koreshnikov with M91/30 rifle.
Border guard cleans his rifle.
Border guards with M91/30 rifles and M38 Carbines.
Basmachi with M91/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

In Eps.1 and 2 Soviet border guards, volunteers and Basmachi are armed with Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines. Fyodor Afanasyevich Lozovoy (Ivan Savkin), at that time Lt. Col., uses an M38 Carbine, fitted with a sniper scope. Such combination wasn't issued to service but sometimes seen on carbines, converted to hunting weapons.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Border guards with M38 Carbines.
Basmachi with M38 Carbines.
Members of voluntary brigade fire M38 Carbines.
Pvt. Romashov (Valeri Tsvetkov) carries an M38 Carbine.
Lozovoy reloads his sniper carbine (note that the chamber is empty).
Lozovoy aims.

Karabiner 98k

Some Basmachi in Ep.1 are armed with out of place Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Basmachi surrender. The one on the top holds a 98k rifle.

Enfield Pattern 14

Some Basmachi in Ep.1 are armed with Enfield Pattern 14 rifles.

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
Basmachi surrender. The one on the bottom holds an Enfield rifle.
A Basmach at the left holds an Enfield rifle. The buttstock matches P14 model rather than M1917.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Soviet border guards use Degtyaryov DP-27 machine guns in a scene in Ep.1, set in 1936. In a scene, set in 1926, a DP-27, visually modified to resemble Lewis, is used by a mine worker against Basmachi.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A fake "Lewis" is seen.
A border guard fires a DP at Dzhafarbek's Basmachi.
Dzyuba (Valentin Golubenko) fires a DP.

Maxim M1910

In Ep.1 a Maxim M1910 is seen in several scenes.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Maintaining of a Maxim M1910 on the border guards outpost. Note that the machine gun is mounted backwards on the Sokolov mount.
Aman Turdyev (Tulkun Tadzhiyev) and another volunteer carry a Maxim.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

What appears to be F-1 hand grenades are used by Basmachi in Ep.1.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A man at the right readies to throw a grenade, another one next to him performs a typical cinematic feat of pulling the pin with his teeth.
He readies to throw a grenade.

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