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Purgatory (Chistilishche)

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DVD cover for Purgatory (Chistilishche) (1998)[

Purgatory (Russian Title: Chistilishche/Чистилищe) is a 1998 Russian made-for-television movie directed by Alexander Nevzorov about the First Chechen War. Set in January 1995 during the First Battle of Grozny, the movie follows a group of Russian soldiers who must fight their way out of a hospital after being surrounded by Chechen rebels and foreign fighters. The movie is notable for its unflinchingly graphic portrayal of urban combat and nationalistic overtones.

The following weapons are seen in the television movie Purgatory:



The AKM is used by some of the GRU spetsnaz commandos, as well as by various Chechen fighters. Most of the AKMs seen have attached GP-25 grenade launchers and orange bakelite magazines.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
A Russian soldier holds an AKM as he helps wounded comrades in to a bus.
Chechen rebels fire their AKMs.
Spetsnaz commandos fire AKMs out of a window.
A spetsnaz commando fires an AKM with a GP-25 grenade launcher.
Chechen fighters fire AKMs with GP-25s while defending their positions.


Russian soldiers from the 131st Motorized Rifle Brigade (Maikop Brigade) are armed with AK-74 rifles. Most of their Chechen adversaries, including rebel commander Dukuzov Israpilov (Dmitry Nagiyev), also use AK-74s. The rifles are a mix of older model AK-74s and newer AK-74Ms, and like the AKMs, most have magazines taped "jungle-style".

AK-74 - 5.45x39mm
An AK-74 slung on a Russian soldier's back.
A Chechen militant holds an AK-74 while capturing a Russian soldier.
A Russian soldier covers his comrades with an AK-74 while they prepare to move towards the hospital.
A tank crewman holds an AK-74 while Russian forces attempt a breakout.
AK-74M - 5.45x39mm
A Russian soldier holds an AK-74M with a GP-25 grenade launcher.
Lieutenant Igor Grigorashenko (Roman Zhilkin) holds an AK-74M while chatting with "Cobra" (Vyacheslav Burlachko).
Israpilov holds an AK-74M with multiple magazines taped together.
An AK-74M lies next to a dead Chechen fighter on top of a T-72.

SVD Dragunov

A pair of female Lithuanian snipers (stared by Irina Veselina and Viktoriya Matveeva) use SVD Dragunov sniper rifles to pick off Russian soldiers. It is interesting to note that the female snipers are a depiction of the popular White Tights urban legend in which female biathletes from Baltic states are alleged to have fought against Russian forces as mercenaries in Chechnya and other conflicts in the former USSR. Aslan (Nikolai Alekseev) also uses a Dragunov while hunting the snipers down within the hospital.

SVD Dragunov sniper rifle - 7.62x54mmR
One of the female snipers fires on the Russians as they evacuate their wounded.
The female snipers use their SVDs to disable a Russian ambulance.
The "White Tights" prepare to move to a new spot.
The "White Tights" take aim at Russian troops as they advance up a stairwell.
One of the snipers shows off the American money she was paid to fellow foreign fighters.
Aslan prepares to aim his SVD as Kostya watches.

Machine Guns

RPK Light Machine Gun

The leader of the GRU spetsnaz team, "Cobra" (Vyacheslav Burlachko), uses a RPK machine gun throughout the film. Colonel Vitaly Suvorov (Viktor Stepanov) also uses a RPK towards the end of the film while leading a counter-attack on Chechen positions.

RPK Light Machine Gun with 40 round magazine - 7.62x39mm
Cobra advances with a RPK in hand.
The RPK is seen as Kostya chats with the T-80's crew.
Cobra tells Grigorashenko to retreat when his tank is surrounded by the Chechens.
Colonel Suvorov takes cover behind a wrecked truck.
Suvorov fires a RPK at the Chechens.

PKM Machine Gun

Russian and Chechen forces both use PKM machine guns to suppress the enemy and while defending against attacks.

PKM with latest version of Flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
A spetsnaz commando fires a PKM.
Another angle.
A wounded Russian soldier wields a PKM as the Russian forces attempt a breakout.
A Chechen fighter fires a PKM at advancing Russian troops.

NSVT Heavy Machine Gun

A NSVT heavy machine gun is mounted on the commander's hatch of Lieutenant Igor Grigorashenko's (Roman Zhilkin's) T-80BV tank, which is used in a desperate effort to relieve the surrounded Russians. Though never fired, the machine gun can be seen in several sequences, notably when Israpilov calls on Grigorashenko to surrender after his tank is disabled.

Tripod-mounted NSV heavy machine gun with ammo box and belt - 12.7x107mm. Compare to the Kord heavy machine gun; note lack of bipod support and older stock with pistol grip underneath the receiver.
The NSV, as seen on top of Grigorashenko's T-80BV.
Israpilov faces the NSV as he calls on Grigorashenko to surrender.

Grenade Launchers

GP-25 Grenade Launcher

GP-25 grenade launchers are often seen attached to the AKM and AK-74 rifles used by the combatants.

GP-25 40mm grenade launcher mounted on an AKM (7.62x39mm)
A Chechen fires an AKM with a GP-25 grenade launcher.
A close-up of the AKM/GP-25 combo.
Captured AKMs with GP-25s are gathered by a soldier.
GP-25 grenade launcher - 40mm
An AK-74M with a GP-25.
A Russian soldier aims an AK-74M/GP-25 combo.

AGS-17 "Plamya"

An AGS-17 Plamya grenade launcher is initially used by African foreign fighters to bombard the hospital wing that the Russians are holed up in. It is later captured by the spetsnaz commandos and turned on the Chechens with devastating results.

AGS-17 "Plamya" on tripod - 30mm
The African foreign fighters set up the AGS-17.
The Africans fire at the Russians.
Spetsnaz commandos load the AGS-17 after capturing it.
The AGS-17 is fired at the retreating Chechens.

Rocket Launchers


The RPG-7 is used by Chechen fighters at various points in the movie, including one sequence where it is used to (unrealistically) launch the head of an executed POW into Russian positions.

RPG-7 - 40mm
An Afghan foreign fighter fires a RPG-7.
A Chechen fires a RPG-7 from a window.


RPG-18 launchers are frequently seen slung over the shoulder of Russian troops and some of the Chechen fighters. Russian soldiers use the RPG-18 to knock an attacking Chechen T-72.

RPG-18 - 64mm
A RPG-18 is strapped on the back of a Chechen fighter.
Russian soldiers with RPG-18 launchers advance behind a BTR-80 APC.
A wounded soldier fires a RPG-18.


The RPG-26 is another common rocket launcher in the film, and is often used by the Chechen fighters, especially when they are attacking Lt. Grigorashenko's tank.

RPG-26 - 72.5mm
A RPG-26 is slung over a Chechen fighter's shoulder.
A Chechen fires a RPG-26.
A rebel fires an RPG-26 with another slung on his back


F-1 Hand Grenade

Israpilov uses a F-1 hand grenade while attempting blow open the hatch on Grigorashenko's tank.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Israpilov drops a F-1 grenade on the hatch.

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