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Diamonds for the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (Brillianty dlya diktatury proletariata)

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Diamonds for the Dictatorship
of the Proletariat (Brillianty
dlya diktatury proletariata)
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Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Irina Tarkovskaya
Release Date 1976
Language Russian
Studio Tallinnfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vsevolod Vladimirovich Vladimirov alias Maksim Maksimovich Isayev Vladimir Ivashov
Viktor Vitalyevich Vorontsov Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy
Anna Viktorovna Yekaterina Vasilyeva
Marina Nikolaevna Olenetskaya Tatyana Samoylova
Vera Margarita Terekhova
Lida Bosse Edita Piekha
Leonid Ivanovich Nikandrov Nikolay Volkov, Jr.
Vladimir Aleksandrovich Vladimirov Nikolay Volkov, Sr.

Diamonds for the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (original Russian title Brillianty dlya diktatury proletariata, Estonian title Briljandid proletariaadi diktatuurile) is a Soviet Estonian 1976 (filmed 1975) made for TV two-part adventure movie, adapted from same title novel by Yulian Semyonov and directed by Grigori Kromanov. In 1921 a number of valuable diamonds and gold jewelry is stolen from Soviet Russia State Fund (Gokhran) and smuggled to Estonia. In order to investigate the case a Cheka agent Vsevolod Vladimirov alias Maksim Isayev (Vladimir Ivashov) is sent to Tallinn.

Note: Maksim Maksimovich Isayev is the main character of several novels by Yulian Semyonov. Some of these novels were adapted into movies and TV series, among which Seventeen Moments of Spring is best known.

The following weapons were used in the film Diamonds for the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (Brillianty dlya diktatury proletariata):


Nagant M1895

Several criminals, participating in the robbery of Gokhran, are armed with Nagant M1895 revolvers.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
A robber (Vladimir Prikhodko) holds a Nagant.
Another robber (Aleksandr Petrov) holds a Nagant and a knife.
Safe cracker Olezhka (Yevgeni Perov) holds a Nagant.
A robber with Nagant is shot.


Mauser C96

Chekist Osip Shelekhes (Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov) carries a Mauser C96. A Mauser C96 is also used by the head of security guard of Gokhran Yevplanov (Nikolai Smirnov).

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Osip Shelekhes holds a Mauser during the ambush.
Shelekhes drops his pistol.
Shelekhes' Mauser in hands of gang chieftain Tarykin (Rasmi Dzhabrailov).
Yevplanov's Mauser in holster.
Yevplanov fires at robbers.

Luger P08

Viktor Vitalyevich Vorontsov (Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy), a member of counterrevolutionary conspiracy, own a Luger P08. His pistol is also used by Anna Viktorovna (Yekaterina Vasilyeva).

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A closeup of the Luger in hands of Anna Viktorovna.
Anna Viktorovna with Vorontsov's Luger.
Vorontsov holds the pistol.

FN Model 1922

A pistol that appears to be an FN Model 1922 is seen in hands of a counterrevolutionary conspirator Vlas Igorevich (uncredited).

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
Vlas Igorevich holds his pistol (at the right).


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are used by Siberian bandits. A guard Karpov (Dmitriy Orlovskiy) is also seen with M91/30 rifle.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A bandit aims during the ambush on Shelekhes' car.
Another view of the scene.
Bandits fire at Osip Shelekhes and Vladimir Aleksandrovich Vladimirov.
Karpov carries the rifle.
Karpov holds the rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Tarykin (Rasmi Dzhabrailov), the chieftain of a gang in Siberia, holds an out of time Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Tarykin holds his carbine (at the right).
Tarykin hits Shelekhes with the buttstock of his rifle.
One more view of Tarykin with carbine.


Tarykin (Rasmi Dzhabrailov) carries a holster for TT-33 pistol. It's hard to say if there is a gun or it's empty.

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