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It Was in Kokand (Eto bylo v Kokande)

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It Was in Kokand (Eto bylo v Kokande)
Eto bylo v Kokande Poster.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Uchkun Nazarov
Release Date 1977
Language Russian
Studio Uzbekfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Yusup Otabek Ganiyev
Denis Makarovich Avvakumov Vyacheslav Shalevich
Aleksandr Likholetov Aleksandr Denisov
Dzhabbar Makhmud Khamza Umarov
Poruchik Zaychenko Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy
Akhmedov Zakir Mukhamedzhanov
Col. Chernyshyov Igor Dmitriev
Irgash Murad Radzhabov

It Was in Kokand (a direct translation of the original title Eto bylo v Kokande) is a 1977 Soviet adventure mini series directed by Uchkun Nazarov and based on the novel by Nikolay Nikitin. The story is set in 1918-1921 in the town of Kokand and Fergana Valley in Russian Turkestan. Fates of main characters are changed by events of Russian Civil war. Yusup, a young slave, joins Red Army and a few years later becomes a commander. Former Russian Imperial Army officer Zaychenko serves to the Soviet power but then turns to Whites. Two Muslim leaders, Dzhabbar and Irgash, at first fight side by side but then their ways part. At last Yusup leads Red troops to deliver the last strike to Irgash's gang.

The following weapons were used in the film It Was in Kokand (Eto bylo v Kokande):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used by numerous characters, notably Yusup (Otabek Ganiyev), the Chairman of Kokand Revolutionary Committee (Revcom) Denis Makarovich Avvakumov (Vyacheslav Shalevich), the Chairman of Soldiers Committee of the garrison of Kokand fortress Aleksandr Likholetov (Aleksandr Denisov), the commandant of Kokand fortress, former Russian Army Poruchik (Lt.) Zaychenko (Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy), the brigand chieftan Irgash (Murad Radzhabov) and some Red Army commanders and Irgash's men. Both pre- and post-1930 versions of Nagant can be seen.

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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.
Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38N. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
Zaychenko holds his Nagant (Ep.1).
Note the rounded front sight of pre-1930 version.
Likholetov holds his Nagant in action against Irgash's men who sneak in the fortress.
Avvakumov defends the Revcom office against Irgash's men.
Telegraph operator Muratov (M. Validov) fires his Nagant in the same scene.
Irgash's henchman (Sharif Kabulov) carries a Nagant and a TT-33 in his belt.
Irgash holds a Nagant (Ep.2).
Zaychenko confronts a traitor.
Red Commander Saidov (Ulmas Alikhodzhayev) holds a Nagant.
Irgash carries a Nagant (Ep.3).
Yusup fires his Nagant in action (Ep.3).
Yusup holds his Nagant in the climactic scene. Note the angular front sight of post-1930 version.


Mauser C96

Many local Muslim fighters, including Irgash (Murad Radzhabov), Dzhabbar Makhmud (Khamza Umarov), Dalabai (Turgun Azizov), carry Mauser C96 pistols. A Mauser is also carried by Denis Makarovich Avvakumov (Vyacheslav Shalevich); his pistol appears to be an M1930 version.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Irgash carries a Mauser in holster (Ep.2).
Dzhabbar carries a Mauser in holster (Ep.2).
Dzhabbar's pistol is seen at the left (Ep.3).
Dalabai carries a Mauser in holster (Ep.3).
Mauser C96 M1930 - 7.63x25mm Mauser. Note the stepped barrel.
Avvakumov carries a Mauser in holster (Ep.1). The lanyard ring matches M1930 (or "Bolo") version.
Irgash's henchman draws a Mauser. His pistol has an old style lanyard ring and M1930 safery. This Mauser may be some transitional version or assembled from parts of various pistols.

Walther PPK

An anachronistic Walther PPK is a personal handgun of British agent Donald (Georgi Shevtsov).

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka .380 ACP
Donald holds his Walther when speaking with Filimonov (Pyotr Drozdov).

Tokarev TT-33

One of Irgash's henchmen (Sharif Kabulov) is armed with an anchronistic TT-33 of post-1947 version.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
Irgash's henchman carries a Nagant M1895 and a TT-33 in his belt.

Colt M1911A1

Another one of Irgash's henchmen (Vahab Abdullaev) is armed with an M1911A1 pistol.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
The moustached man at the left carries an M1911A1 in his belt.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are widely used by soldiers of Kokand fortress, notably Filimonov (Pyotr Drozdov) and Fedotkin (Viktor Perevalov), Red Army soldiers, and Basmachi, notably Dzhabbar's servant Yarmat (Dzhavlon Khamrayev) and former Basmach Alimat (Nabi Rakhimov).

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Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Filimonov on guard.
A close view of the muzzle and bayonet.
Fedotkin takes Filimonov's rifle.
Irgash's henchman (Farkhad Khaydarov) reloads his rifle.
Revkom personnel with rifles.
A soldier carries M91/30 rifle.
Red Army cavalrymen on march. Yusup (Otabek Ganiyev) carries the red banner.
A Basmach fires from ambush.
Red soldiers salute during the funeral.
A Red soldier with rifle.
Yarmat fires. In previous moment he was armed with a Karabiner 98k.
Alimat fires.

Karabiner 98k

Irgash's and Dzhabbar's henchmen widely use anachronistic Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Irgash's men with 98k rifles.
Irgash's man (Farkhad Khaydarov) with 98k rifle.
Dzhabbar's men also use 98k rifles.
Yusup finds a hidder cache with a crate of Mauser rifles in Dalabai's house.
Yarmat (Dzhavlon Khamrayev) holds a Mauser rifle. Next moment it switches to an M91/30.
A Basmach holds a 98k rifle.
Karabiner 98k "Kriegsmodell" - 7.92x57mm Mauser. This rifle is a "semi-Kriegsmodell" as it has simpler screw retained barrel bands and the bayonet lug and cleaning rod have been omitted, but it still has the bolt disassembly disc in the buttstock.
A man in green turban carries a Karabiner 98k "Kriegsmodell".

Wz. 29 Mauser

A Polish Mauser Wz. 29 Mauser is seen in hands of a Basmach (Farkhad Khaydarov).

Polish WZ29 Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A man at the background holds a Polish Mauser.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 machine guns are used by revolutionary soldiers during the battle for Kokand fortress in Ep.2. In Ep.3 Yusup (Otabek Ganiyev), Likholetov (Aleksandr Denisov) and other Red Army soldiers also use Maxim M1910s.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Soldiers fire Maxims during the battle for Kokand fortress.
Yusup mans a Maxim.
Likholetov mans a Maxim.

Degtyaryov DP-27 (visually modified to resemble Lewis)

A Degtyaryov DP-27, visually modified to resemble Lewis, is fired by Dalabai (Turgun Azizov) in Ep.3.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Lewis Gun - .303 British
Dalabai fires the fake Lewis.

Other Weapons


In one scene in Ep.1 Likholetov (Aleksandr Denisov) hands an anachronistic RGD-5 hand grenade to Avvakumov (Vyacheslav Shalevich).

RGD-5 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Likholetov hands the grenade to Avvakumov.
Avvakumov holds the grenade. It has very shabby outlook.



Rotmistr (Capt.) Tsigarelli (Shukhrat Irgashev) carries a Nagant holster.
Filimonov carries a Nagant holster.
Yusup carries a Nagant holster.
Avvakumov carries a Mauser in holster with award plating.
Avvakumov's holster switches to another one that lacks the plating.
And his holster is later carried by Dalabai.


Field guns, used by the garrison of Kokand fortress in Ep.2 and by Red Army soldiers in Ep.3, appear to be mockups. Pyrotechnical effects are used to imitate artillery fire. Same looking guns are seen in 3rd film of Fiery Roads (Ognennye dorogi) series (1983).



Armoured Train

An armoured train is seen in documentary footage in the opening, posing a vehicle of Russian Civil war. In reality it appears to be a footage of Chinese armoured train captured by Japanese troops in 1938.


Arisaka Rifle

In the same footage soldiers that are supposed to be Japanese Imperial army hold rifles that are supposed to be Arisaka.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka

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