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Syndicate-2 (Sindikat-2)

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Syndicate-2 (Sindikat-2)
Sindikat-2 DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Mark Orlov
Release Date 1981
Language Russian
Studio Studio Ekran
Main Cast
Character Actor
Felix Dzerzhinsky Mikhail Kozakov
Boris Savinkov Yevgeni Lebedev
Vyacheslav Menzhinsky Antanas Barcas
Sidney George Reilly Harijs Liepins
Andrei Fyodorov Andrey Martynov
Artur Artuzov Boris Sokolov
Roman Pillyar Girts Jakovlevs
Sergey Puzitskiy Valeri Ryzhakov

Syndicate-2 (Sindikat-2) is a Soviet 1981 adventure 6-part mini series directed by Mark Orlov. The story, based on real events, depicts the Operation "Syndicate-2", implemented by the Soviet OGPU in 1922-24 against Boris Savinkov, the prominent person in anti-Bolshevik movement.

The following weapons were used in the film Syndicate-2 (Sindikat-2):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely seen throughout the series. All Nagants in the movie are of anachronistic post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38N
The Nagant is seen in hand of Dryomov (Artyom Inozemtsev). It switches from custom Nagant revolver (see below).
OGPU agent Krikman (Paul Butkevich) holds the Nagant.
Another view of Krikman's Nagant.
Soviet border guards commander fires in air.

Custom Nagant M1895

Dryomov (Artyom Inozemtsev), Savinkov's agent in Kiev, carries the Nagant revolver with removed ejector rod housing and front sight and fitted with custom wide grips. Later the same prop is seen in hands of Ivanov (Igor Starikov), Pavlovskiy's henchman.

Dryomov aims. Note the lack of the ejector rod housing.
A view from the back.
The revolver on the floor. Note the non-standard wide grips.
Ivanov draws his Nagant.
The general view of Ivanov's Nagant.
A close view of the revolver.


Mauser C96

A Mauser C96 is used by Sergey Pavlovskiy (Nikolay Olyalin) when he, disguised as a Red Army commander, breaks across the Soviet-Polish border. Mauser C96 pistols are also used by OGPU personnel.

Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
Pavlovskiy fires his Mauser.
An OGPU agent holds the Mauser at the left.

Walther P38

Anachronistic Walther P38 is used by Ivan Fomichyov (Petr Shelokhonov), Savinkov's envoy.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
Fomichyov draws his Walther in the scene on Soviet-Polish border.
Fomichyov fires.

FN Model 1903 or TT-33

When crossing the Soviet-Polish border, Boris Savinkov (Yevgeni Lebedev) holds a pistol that is seen only in distance. The general outlook allows to guess it to be original FN Model 1903 or similar looking TT-33 that was often used in films as a substitution for FN 1903.

FN Model 1903, right side
Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version


Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Rifle

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M1891s, are used by soldiers, border guards and prison guards in several scenes.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mmR
Soldiers fire their rifles during the events of the rebellion in the town of Rybinsk in 1918.
Soviet border guard Aleksandr Suvorov (Sergey Savvin) carries the rifle with bayonet.
Soviet border guards fire their rifles in air during the funeral of their comrade-in-arms.
Another view of the scene.
A prison guard carries the rifle with bayonet.
A prison guard on the trial on Boris Savinkov.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also seen.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A Red Army cavalryman (Vasili Fyodorov) carries the M38 Carbine on sling in the scene in 1918.
Closer view of the barrel.
Another cavalryman with M38 Carbine.

Karabiner 98k

Polish border guards are armed with anachronistic Karabiner 98k rifles, probably standing for Karabinek Wz. 1898, Polish version of Mauser 98AZ.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Polish border guard on watchtower.
Border guards arrest the infiltrator.
Border guards stop Andrei Fyodorov and his partner.
Another view of the scene.

Machine guns

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns, standing for original M1910s, are seen in the scene on the rebellion in in the town of Rybinsk in 1918.

Russian Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket - 7.62x54mmR



Some characters carry holsters for sidearms but they seem rather flat and empty.

Andrei Fyodorov (Andrey Martynov) carries the Nagant M1895 holster.
Capt. Sekunda (Sergey Lupiltsev), officer of Second Department of Polish General Staff (intelligence and counterintelligence service), carries the holster for Luger P08.

See Also

  • Operatsiya "Trest", Soviet 1967 mini-series about another Soviet counterintelligence operation that also was hold in early 1920s.

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