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Alex the Fierce (Alex Lyutyj)

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Alex the Fierce
(Alex Lyutyj)
Alex Lyutyj Poster.jpg
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Leonid Belozorovich
Broadcast 2020
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 12
Main Cast
Character Actor
Col. of Militsiya Yegor Romanovich Sukharev Sergey Puskepalis
Lt. Gen. of Militsiya Pyotr Naumovich Somov Yuriy Itskov
Sergey Mikhaylovich Vernigor Dmitriy Mulyar
Aleksandr Lekhnovskiy alias Alex Lyutyj Vladislav Konoplyov
Elena Sukhareva Anastasiya Mytrazhik
Sr. Lt. of Militsiya Boris Kasyanov Aleksey Kirsanov
Aleksandr Afanasyevich Romashov Dmitriy Sutyrin
Otto Körner Dirk Martens

Alex the Fierce (Alex Lyutyj) is a Russian 2020 war and detective TV series. In 1975 a writer Fyodor Kononenko works on a book about "Alex Lyutyj" (Alex the Fierce), the Nazi collaborator who carried out mass executions of Soviet civilians during the WWII. Then Kononenko is found murdered. Right before his death, he told his friend Gen. Somov, the head of the special department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the search for war criminals, that Lyutyj, who was considered dead since 1944, is alive and lives under some false name. Somov orders the investigator of his department Colonel Yegor Sukharev to work on the case.

The plot is based on the real case of Aleksandr Yukhnovskiy.

The following weapons were used in the film Alex the Fierce (Alex Lyutyj):


Makarov PM

Makarov PM pistols are service sidearms of Soviet Militsiya personnel. Due to continuity errors, genuine PMs often switch to blank-firing MP-371 and airsoft MP-654K versions (see below).

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Col. of Militsiya Yegor Romanovich Sukharev (Sergey Puskepalis) holds a PM during the chase after a criminal in Novocherkassk.
Sukharev's pistol on the ground in the same scene.
Capt. of Militsiya Yuriy Pshenichniy (Ivan Efremov) holds a PM.
Sukharev fires his pistol towards the supposed Lyutyj.
Operative Nikolay Vasilyev (Yakov Shamshin) fires his PM.
Vasilyev holds his pistol during the chase after Vernigor.
Sergey Mikhaylovich Vernigor (Dmitriy Mulyar) picks up Kasyanov's pistol.
Vernigor fires.
Kasyanov holds the PM on a promotional image.
Sukharev holds the PM on a promotional image.

Makarov PM (MP-371 / MP-654K)

Some PM pistols that are seen in hands of Militsiya personnel turn out to be blank-firing MP-371 and airsoft MP-654K. They are identified on the close-ups by the shape of the tripper guard, the difference of the finish between the frame and the slide, and the markings on the slides.

MP-371 blank-firing pistol - Gevelot small caps
MP-654K, early version - .177. Note the lack of the external extractor. Late version of MP-654K have the extractor on place.
MP-654K, late version - .177
Sr. Lt. of Militsiya Boris Kasyanov (Aleksey Kirsanov) holds a PM. Note the straight front part of the trigger guard.
Col. of Militsiya Yegor Romanovich Sukharev (Sergey Puskepalis) aims his pistol during the arrest of suspect Romashov.
Sergey Mikhaylovich Vernigor (Dmitriy Mulyar) picks up Sukharev's pistol in the scene in Novocherkassk. When the pistol is seen on the ground in the previous moment, it is a genuine PM (see above).
Sukharev arrests a criminal.
The pistol of wounded Kasyanov. Note the difference between the finish of the frame and the slide.
Kasyanov aims his pistol.
Kasyanov holds Vernigor at gunpoint.
Sukharev's pistol in shoulder holster. This PM has some marking on the slide, a feature uncommon for genuine PMs. The holster is of later pattern than the ones of 1970s.
Sukharev holds the pistol on a production image.

Tokarev TT-33

In the wartime scenes, Lekhnovskiy Sr. (Denis Bespalyy) carries a TT-33 pistol. In one scene Alex (Vladislav Konoplyov) takes the pistol from his drunk father.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Lekhnovskiy (in center) carries a TT tucked into his belt.
Lekhnovskiy holds a TT (at the left) during the mass execution.
Alex disarms his father. The slide stops in rear position.
Alex aims the TT.
Lekhnovskiy holds a TT (at the right).

Luger P08

In the wartime scenes, Aleksandr Lekhnovskiy alias Alex Lyutyj (Vladislav Konoplyov) is awarded with a Luger P08. P08 pistols are also seen in hands of GFP (Geheime Feldpolizei, "Secret Field Police") serviceman Hans (Vitaliy Shchannikov) and Hilfspolizei Vavilov (Evgehniy Nevar). In 1975, a Luger is commonly used by Sergey Mikhaylovich Vernigor (Dmitriy Mulyar). Unlike the P08s in wartime scenes, this particular pistol is fitted with the decorative brown grips with Nazi eagle emblem (Reichsadler).

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Hans fires his Luger at a woman trying to escape. The jointed arm is seen moving.
Alex draws his Luger.
Alex hands his Luger to a fellow Hilfspolizei Vavilov.
In 1975, Vernigor holds a Luger while in ambush.
In the wartime scene, Alex fires at Asya Stepnova.
A good view of Vernigor's pistol. Note the grips with the Nazi eagle.
Vernigor takes Col. Sukharev's daughter Elena (Anastasiya Mytrazhik) as hostage.
Vernigor's pistol on the ground.
Another view of the pistol in the same scene.

Luger P08 (Gletcher Parabellum)

A Gletcher CO2 replica of Luger P08 is seen twice, in the wartime scene when the head of GFP-721 Otto Körner (Dirk Martens) awards Alex with the pistol, and in 1975 in hands of Sergey Vernigor (Dmitriy Mulyar).

Gletcher Parabellum - .177
Körner awards Alex with the pistol.
Alex examines the pistol. The grips are different from the real Luger, used by Alex (see above).
Vernigor aims the pistol at a Militsioner.

Walther P38

Hans (Vitaliy Shchannikov) holds a Walther P38 in several scenes. His pistol looks somewhat different from a real gun and may be a Denix non-firing replica or some airsoft gun.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Hans holds a P38.
Hans with a P38 and Alex with a Luger P08.

Walther Model 4

Usachyov (Vitaliy Krylov), a dealer in forged documents, holds a Walther Model 4 during his conflict with Vernigor.

Walther Model 4 - .32 ACP
Usachyov threatens Vernigor.
Sergey Vernigor (Dmitriy Mulyar) holds the pistol, taken from killed Usachyov.

Submachine Guns


Several Soviet partisans are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Partisans with PPSh-41s during the attack on the Hilfspolizei building in Novocherkassk.


Alex Lyutyj (Vladislav Konoplyov), Hans (Vitaliy Shchannikov) and several other German soldiers carry MP38 submachine guns.

MP38 - 9x19mm
Hans (at the right) holds an MP38 during the mass execution of the civilians.
Alex takes Hans' MP38 to kill the kids. For this, he gets the nickname "Lyutyj" (Fierce).
A close-up of the barrel.
A Soviet partisan Pavel Karpenko (Vadim Akhmetov) fires an MP38 during the attack on the Hilfspolizei building in Novocherkassk.
A German soldier fires his MP38 in the same scene.
Another view of the same soldier with the MP38.
Alex grabs the MP38 of a killed German soldier and fires at Karpenko.
A German soldier fires after Alex who had just deserted.
Alex with an MP38 on a promotional image.
A good view of an MP38 in hands of Hans (Vitaliy Shchannikov) on a promotional image.

Assault Rifles


In 1975 Soviet border guards are armed with AKMs.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
The border guards with AKMs prepare for combing of the forest.
The border guards arrest the smuggler Filya (Artyom Leshchik). In this scene the AKMs have the muzzle compensators removed, but the shape of the front sight allows to differ them from AK-47.


Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon

Both partisans and Hilfspolizei carry Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon rifles. A M91 Dragoon rifle is also seen in hands of a Red Army Pvt. Sergey Mikhalchuk (uncredited) whose documents Aleksandr Lekhnovskiy used to hide his real personality.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
A Hilfspolizei holds an M91 Dragoon rifle.
A partisan holds an M91 (or maybe an M91/30) rifle during the attack on the Hilfspolizei building in Novocherkassk.
A partisan with an M91 rifle is gunned down.
Sergey Mikhalchuk aims his rifle. This is an M91 Dragoon model.
The rifle on Mikhalchuk's body.

Karabiner 98k

Several German soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
German soldiers stand in formation. Several of their rifles are supposed to be Kar 98k.
Two soldiers, escept for the one in center, carry supposedly Kar 98k rifles.

Gewehr 33/40 (t)

Short Mauser rifles, seen in several scenes, turn out to be Czech Mauser vz. 16/33 Carbines, adopted for Wehrmacht service as Gewehr 33/40 (t).

Czech Mauser vz. 16/33 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. The rifle at the bottom is a German issued Gewehr 33/40.
Hans (Vitaliy Shchannikov) carries a 16/33 carbine. Note the upper handguard that allows to differ the carbine from Kar 98k.
Hans operates the bolt.
Hans' rifle in Alex' (Vladislav Konoplyov) hands.
Hans fires at one of Alex' schoolmates.
Alex escorts Asya Stepnova.
Pavel Karpenko (Vadim Akhmetov) hits Alex with the buttstock of the latter's rifle.
Hilfspolizei "Zhirdyay" (Egor Partin) holds a Gewehr 33/40.

Unidentified Mauser Rifle (Denix 98K Carabine?)

When Alex escorts Asya Stepnova, his rifle is briefly seen on the ground. In this scene the previously seen Gewehr 33/40 switches to another model of Mauser rifle that has different shape of the bolt handle. The color of the stock and metal parts allow to make a guess that this is a Denix replica but this isn't for sure.

Alex' rifle on the ground.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Several Hilfspolizei are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Early Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Late Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Hilfspolizei holds a Gewehr 98.
Several Hilfspolizei escort civilians to the place of execution. The Lange-Visier sights are seen.
A Hilfspolizei in center carries a Gewehr 98.

Karabiner 98a

Several German soldiers and Hilfspolizei carry Karabiner 98a rifles.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ (Karabiner 98a) - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier at the left holds a Kar 98a.
A soldier in center carries a Kar 98a.
A soldier at the far left holds a Kar 98a during the battle with partisans.
A Hilfspolizei at the left holds a Kar 98a.
A soldier at the left holds a Kar 98a.

Gewehr 1888

Two Hilfspolizei are armed with Gewehr 1888 rifles.

Gewehr 1888 in original configuration - 7.9x57mm Patronen-88.
A Hilfspolizei (Vladimir Bogdanov) holds a Gewehr 88 during the raid.
A Hilfspolizei with a Gewehr 88 escorts civilians to the place of execution.

Mannlicher M1895 Short Rifle

"Zhirdyay" (Egor Partin) and several other Hilfspolizei carry Mannlicher M1895 short rifles. The barrel length of most of these rifles allows to guess that these are Yugoslav M95/24 or M95M conversion.

For comparison: Steyr Mannlicher M95M - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Yugoslavian conversion of Austro-Hungarian M1895.
"Zhirdyay" holds a Mannlicher short rifle.
A Hilfspolizei in background center holds a Mannlicher short rifle.
A Mannlicher rifle is seen at the background.
A Hilfspolizei at the left holds a Mannlicher short rifle.
A Hilfspolizei at the left carries a Mannlicher short rifle.
A Hilfspolizei at the left carries a Mannlicher short rifle.


Double Barreled Shotgun

A Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers is seen in Lekhnovskiy's house.

For reference: Russian TOZ-B double barreled side by side shotgun - 16 Gauge
Aleksandr Lekhnovskiy (Vladislav Konoplyov), at that time a schoolboy, takes the shotgun.
He loads the shotgun.
A close-up of the hammers.
Aleksandr makes an unsuccessfull attempt to commit suicide.


In 1975, a smuggler Filya (Artyom Leshchik) carries an Over and Under Shotgun. IZh-27 seems to be the best guess.

IZh-27 O/U double barreled shotgun - 12 gauge
Filya carries the shotgun.
A close view of the barrel. The vent rib allows to identify the shotgun as IZh-27.
Filya aims the shotgun.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 is seen in the museum in Novocherkassk.

Maxim M1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim is seen in the museum. An unidentified gun is seen on the stand at the background center together with a disassembled magazine for Degtyaryov DA machine gun.


An RPK is seen in hands of a Soviet border guard.

RPK with 40 round magazine - 7.62x39mm


The educational posters with Makarov PM (1), RPG-7 (2) and PK (3) in the military enlistment office.

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