Death of Stalin, The

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Death of Stalin, The
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 Kruschev Steve Buscemi
Lavrentiy Beria Simon Russell Beale
Comrade Andreyev Paddy Considine
Vasily Stalin Rupert Friend
Georgy Zhukov Jason Isaacs
Vyacheslav Molotov Michael Palin
Svetlana Stalin Andrea Riseborough
Georgy Malenkov Jeffrey Tambor

The Death of Stalin is a 2017 satirical black comedy directed by Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In the Loop, Veep) and based on the French graphic novel La mort de Staline. Set in 1953 Soviet Union, the film depicts the power struggle following the death of Joseph Stalin.


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



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. Post-1947 version. Tula Arsenal (Soviet Union) Note CCCP printing around the star on the plastic grips
Vasily Stalin (Rupert Friend) fires his TT-33 in an attempt to stop his fathers autopsy.
Close-up of the pistol.
The confiscated pistol tucked into a guard's waistband. Note the silver grips.
An NKVD officer with several Stalin look-alikes.
The NKVD officer barking orders.
A Red Army officer hands over his sidearm.
A Red Army officer shoots a witness.
A Red Army officer executes Beria with a Tokarev TT-33. Another can be seen in the bottom left.

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.

Assault Rifles


The AK-47 is used by Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov (Jason Isaacs) (incorrectly referred to as 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.
"Boys, meet your dates for tonight". Georgy Zhukov (Jason Isaacs) opens up his waistcoat to reveal several AK's.
"I'll take the tall blonde".
Zhukov leads the coup.
Zhukov hands his AK to a Red Army soldier so he can give Beria a well-deserved punch.
Zhukov on guard with an AK-47.

Battle Rifles

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Red Army soldiers carry the Mosin Nagant M91/30. Red Army guards at Stalin's funeral have rifles with bayonets fixed.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Red Army guards at Stalin's funeral carry Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles with bayonets fixed.
The army soldier to the left carries a full-length Mosin. The one next to him carries an M38 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine

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

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R. This was modified to become the M44 which replaced it, entering combat trials in 1943, becoming fairly common in 1944.
An NKVD soldier jumps from a truck with a Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine.
The soldier with his Carbine.


Red Army and NKVD soldiers use the SKS.

Russian Simonov Type 45 aka the Russian SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm. The Russian SKS has a milled receiver and a blade bayonet. The rifles were issued with hardwood or laminated stocks. This example has a hardwood stock.
NKVD soldiers at a checkpoint with SKS rifles.
Red Army soldiers at a checkpoint with SKS rifles.
An NKVD soldier readies his SKS.
See above.
See above.
A Red Army soldier with an SKS.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

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

Russian Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
NKVD soldiers at a checkpoint man a Maxim M1910/30.
Close-up of the barrel.

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