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The Death of Stalin

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The Death of Stalin
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Armando Iannucci
Release Date 2017
Language English
Studio Main Journey
Quad Productions
Distributor Focus Films (United States)
Entertainment One (United Kingdom)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nikita Khrushchev Steve Buscemi
Lavrentiy Beria Simon Russell Beale
Georgy Zhukov Jason Isaacs
Georgy Malenkov Jeffrey Tambor
Vyacheslav Molotov Michael Palin
Svetlana Stalina Andrea Riseborough
Vasily Stalin Rupert Friend
Joseph Stalin Adrian McLoughlin

The Death of Stalin is a 2017 satirical black comedy directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the 2010-2012 French graphic novel of the same name by Fabien Nury. Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, the film loosely depicts the succession crisis and power struggle following the death of Joseph Stalin.

The following weapons were used in the film The Death of Stalin:



Tokarev TT-33

The Tokarev TT-33 is used by officers of the Red Army and NKVD. Vasily Stalin (Rupert Friend) carries a TT-33 with silver grips.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Vasily Stalin (Rupert Friend) fires his TT-33 in an attempt to stop his father's autopsy.
A close-up of the pistol.
The confiscated pistol tucked into Anatoly Tarasov's (Richard Brake)'s waistband. Note the silver grips.
An NKVD officer with several Stalin look-alikes.
The NKVD officer barking orders with his Tokarev out.
Marshals Kirill Moskalenko (Luke D'Silva) and Leonid Brezhnev (Gerald Lepkowski) hand over their sidearms to NKVD officer Aslanov (Ewan Bailey).
A Red Army officer shoots NKVD Officer Bogdan Kobulov while the latter attempts to hide during the coup.
A Red Army officer executes Beria with a Tokarev TT-33. Another can be seen in the bottom left.
N.B. Historically, Beria was shot by Colonel-General Pavel Batitsky; six other NKVD officers were tried and executed at the same time, but shot by firing squad, separately from Beria.

Submachine Guns


The PPSh-41 is carried by NKVD soldiers. All the PPSh-41s in the movie have 71-round drum magazines.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A guard at the NKVD headquarters with a PPSh-41 slung.
A nervous NKVD soldier with a PPSh.
An NKVD soldier aims his submachine gun.
An NKVD soldier gives the order to disperse.


Mosin Nagant M91/30

Red Army soldiers are seen carrying the Mosin Nagant M91/30. Red Army guards at Stalin's funeral have bayonets affixed to the rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891 with attachable bayonet - 7.62x54mmR
Red Army guards at Stalin's funeral carry Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles with bayonets fixed.
Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
The army soldier to the left carries a full-length Mosin.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine

Red Army and NKVD soldiers can be seen using the Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
An NKVD soldier jumps from a truck with a Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine.
The soldier with his Mosin carbine.
A soldier carries a Mosin carbine during Stalin's funeral.


Red Army and NKVD soldiers use the SKS.

SKS - 7.62x39mm
NKVD soldiers at a checkpoint with SKS rifles.
Red Army soldiers at a checkpoint with SKS rifles.
An NKVD soldier readies his SKS.
Ditto again.
A Red Army soldier with an SKS.

Assault Rifles


The AK-47 is used by Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov (Jason Isaacs) (incorrectly referred to as a Field Marshal in the movie) and other Red Army officers and soldiers during the coup against Beria. One of Stalin's guards carries an AK-47.

Type III AK-47 with prototype slab sided magazine - 7.62x39mm
A guard at Stalin's dacha with an AK-47.
"Alright, boys, meet your dates for tonight."
Georgy Zhukov (Jason Isaacs) opens up his overcoat to reveal two AKs.
N.B. Historically, Marshall Kirill Moskalenko, not Zhukov, snuck a gun into the Kremlin to arrest Beria, while Zhukov was barred from carrying a weapon.
"I'll take the tall blonde".
Leonid Brezhnev (Gerald Lepkowski) selects one of the rifles.
N.B. Although Brezhnev was a major general in the Red Army at the end of World War II, he had been a civilian since 1946.
"Hands up or I'll shoot you in the fucking face!"
Zhukov leads the coup with an AK.
Zhukov hands his AK to a Red Army soldier so he can give Beria a well-deserved punch.
"Fuck me, Georgy's eyes really do follow you around the crapper."
Zhukov, on guard with an AK-47, remarks on the portrait of Secretary Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor) mounted on the lavatory wall.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 is used by multiple NKVD soldiers at a checkpoint.

Maxim M1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
Multiple NKVD soldiers at a checkpoint man a Maxim M1910/30.
A close-up of the barrel.

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