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The End of Ataman (Konets atamana)

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The End of Ataman (Konets atamana)
Konets atamana Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Shaken Ajmanov
Release Date 1970
Language Russian
Studio Kazakhfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Kasym-khan Chadiyarov Asanali Ashimov
Nikolay Petrovich Suvorov Viktor Avdyushko
Juhan Ionis Gennadi Yudin
Nesterov Yuriy Sarantsev
Pyotr Serov alias Pyotr Krivenko Vladimir Gusev
Ataman Aleksandr Dutov Vladislav Strzhelchik
Father Iona Boris Ivanov

The End of Ataman (Konets atamana) is a Soviet 1970 adventure movie directed by Shaken Ajmanov. The story is set in 1920-1921 in Semirechye (Zhetysu) region in Central Asia (in modern days this region is in Kazakhstan and China). The local leader of White Army and hard enemy of Soviet power is Cossack Ataman Aleksandr Dutov. Chekist Kasym-khan Chadiyarov (Asanali Ashimov) infiltrates Dutov's headquarters and plays a key role in the victory over Ataman.

This movie starts the tetralogy about the adventures of Chadiyarov, followed by Trans-Siberian Express (Transsibirskiy ekspress) (1977), The Manchurian Variant (Manchzhurskiy variant) (1989) and Who are You, Mr. Ka? (Kto vi, gospodin Ka?) (2009).

The following weapons were used in the film The End of Ataman (Konets atamana):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used throughout the movie, by both Cheka agents and White officers. Pre- and post-1930 versions of Nagant are seen.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38R Nagant. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
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.
The Chief of Jarkent Militsia Pyotr Krivenko (Vladimir Gusev) aims a Nagant. This is a pre-1930 model with rounded front sight.
The Chief of Jarken Cheka Juhan Ionis (Gennadi Yudin) draws his Nagant.
Chekists put their sidearms on the table: Nagant M1895 revolvers of Juhan and Krivenko, Nesterov's FN Model 1922 and Suvorov's FN Model 1900.
Chadiyarov's agent Akim (Nurzhuman Ikhtymbaev), impersonating a smuggler, fires at pursuing White cavalrymen. His Nagant is also of pre-1930 version.
A White Army officer, leading the chase after Akim, fires a Nagant that is of post-1930 version with angular front sight.
White Army Col. Ablaykhanov (Nurmukhan Zhanturin) drops his Nagant, being shot.
Chadiyarov (Asanali Ashimov) with a Nagant and an FN Model 1922 pistol.
Ataman Dutov (Vladislav Strzhelchik) reaches Ablaykhanov's revolver.
But he is also shot and drops the gun.
Wounded Chadiyarov holds his revolver.
Chadiyarov's assistant in disguise fires at pursuing Cossacks. Again the revolver is of pre-1930 version.
Chadiyarov holds a pre-1930 Nagant on a B&W promotion still.

FN Model 1922

In several scenes Chekists Kasym-khan Chadiyarov (Asanali Ashimov) and Nesterov (Yuriy Sarantsev) carry anachronistic FN Model 1922 pistols (probably the same movie prop reused), carries in wooden holster of Mauser C96. There is no evidence that FN 1922 in reality was ever used with any kind of holster-stock.

FN Model 1922 with wood grips - .32 ACP
Chadiyarov carries an FN Model 1922 in "Broomhandle" holster. The shape of the grip matches FN pistol.
The hammerless slide of FN pistol is seen when Chadiyarov opens the holster.
Nesterov carries supposedly same gun.
Chekists put their sidearms on the table: Nagant M1895 revolvers of Juhan and Krivenko, Nesterov's FN Model 1922 and Suvorov's FN Model 1900.
Chadiyarov with a Nagant M1895 revovler and an FN Model 1922 pistol in the scene in Dutov's headquarters.

FN Model 1900

The Chief of Semirechensky Cheka Nikolay Petrovich Suvorov (Viktor Avdyushko) owns a nickel plated FN Model 1900 pistol.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
Chekists put their sidearms on the table: Nagant M1895 revolvers of Juhan and Krivenko, Nesterov's FN Model 1922 and Suvorov's FN Model 1900.
Another view of the guns on table.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are widely used by Soviet Cheka and Militsia personnel and White Cossacks.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Militioneers escort arrested Chadiyarov.
A militsioneer Amirbayev (Makil Kulanbayev) with M91/30 rifle on guard.
A White Cossack trains in bayonet charge.
Cossacks with M91/30 rifles.
Chadiyarov's man Akhmed (uncredited) fires at pursuing Cossacks.
Escort of uncovered and arrested Krivenko with rifles.


Sawed-off Single Barreled Shotgun

White counterintellegence agent Usen (Zeinullat Setekov) has a sawed-off Single Barreled Shotgun that is taken by Kasym-khan Chadiyarov (Asanali Ashimov). It appears to be some Izhevsk exposed hammer model, possibly IZh-17.

Izhmekh IZh-17 single barreled Sawed Off shotgun - 16 gauge
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Chadiyarov with the sawed-off shotgun.

Machine Guns


Heavily anachronistic RPK machine gun is seen in Ataman Dutov's headquarters. It is described as the "most modern Japanese machine gun".

RPK Light Machine Gun with 40 round magazine - 7.62x39mm
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Unloaded RPK machine gun, partially covered with a sheath, on the table in Dutov's headquarters.

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 machine gun, standing for original M1910, is mounted by Chadiyarov's assistant of the attic of Col. Ablaykhanov's house.

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
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Col. Ablaykhanov (Nurmukhan Zhanturin) carries a holster for Nagant M1895 revolver.
Ataman Dutov (Vladislav Strzhelchik) carries a holster for Nagant M1895 revolver.


Russian 76.2mm M1900 field guns are used by White Cossacks in Suiding fortress.

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The M1900s are fitted with nonstandard shields of M1902 field guns.

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