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Fiery Roads (Ognennye dorogi) - Film 3

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Fiery Roads (Ognennye dorogi)
Ognennye dorogi-Film3-Logo.jpg
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Language Russian
Creator Shukhrat Abbasov
Genre Biopic
Broadcast 1983
No. of Episodes 4
Main Cast
Character Actor
Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi Ulmas Alikhodzhayev
Viktor Medynskiy Igor Dmitriev
Ibn-Yamin Nabi Rakhimov
Sadiqjan-bai Bimbolat Vatayev
Achakhon Aida Yunusova
Ahmadbai Abdulkhair Kasymov
Comrade Andrey Vsevolod Safonov
Zavqiy Ubaydulla Pulat Saidkasymov
Capt. Nikolay Grigoryevich Yuriy Dubrovin
Alchinbeck Naziri Bakhodir Yuldashev

Singer of the Revolution (Pevets revolutsii, Uzbek title Inqilob kuychisi) is the third film of Soviet Uzbek TV series Fiery Roads (Ognennye dorogi) (filmed in 1982, released in 1983). It depicts the wanderings of Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi in Central Asia, Ottoman Empire and British India in 1910s, and his participation in Russian revolution 1917.

The following weapons were used in Season 3 of the television series Fiery Roads (Ognennye dorogi):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are seen in hands of several Kokand townspersons, and by government officers as well as revolutionaries. Both pre- and post-1930 versions are seen.

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.
Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38N. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
During the performance of Hamza's play a wealthy merchant Ahmadbai (Abdulkhair Kasymov) draws a Nagant to stop the performance (Ep.11).
Sadiqjan Salihbaev (Bimbolat Vatayev) hands a Nagant to his son Jamal (Maksud Imatshoyev) and orders to kill Hamza but Jamal refuses and threatens to shoot himself.
A good view of blank cartridges in the cylinder.
Sadiqjan takes the revolver back. The grip is seen.
A Russian Army officer threatens a train engineer who refuses to start the train.
Chief of Kokand uyezd (district) Gen. Viktor Medynskiy (Igor Dmitriev) fires at rioting croud.
Medinskiy is close to suicide when he hides in Orthodox church (an absurdity for real Ortodox Christian!).
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Bolshevik Gafur (Murod Rajabov) hands a revolver to Hamza. This is a pre-1930 Nagant.
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Hamza holds a Nagant.
Alchinbeck Naziri (Bakhodir Yuldashev) holds a revolver (Ep.12).
Bolsheviks on barricade. Comrade Andrey (Vsevolod Safonov) (at the left) and Dr. Ivan Antonovich (uncredited) (at the right) fire Nagants.



When Hamza visits Syria (at that time a part of Ottoman Empire) in Ep.9, an anachronistic TT-33 is carried by an Ottoman policeman. Probably it stands for similar looking FN Model 1903 that was issued to Ottoman police (8,000 ordered in 1908-1914).

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Yaqub (Ali Isaev-Avarskiy) grabs a pistol from policeman's holster.
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Yaqub with the TT. The pistol has pre-1947 slide serration.
TT runs dry.

Colt M1911A1

When Hamza visits British India in Ep.9, British Capt. Richardson (Timofey Spivak) carries an anachronistic M1911A1 pistol.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Richardson's pistol in holster.
Richardson draws his pistol on Hamza. His Beatles-style hairdress and sideburns hardly fit for British officer.
A closeup of the pistol.
The scene is repeated in the opening of Ep.10 but slightly different.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are used by Russian police in Kokand and Odessa. In Ep.12 during the revolutionary events of 1917 M91/30 rifles are used by Bolsheviks and government soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Kokand policemen arrest Stepan Sokolov (Yuri Gusev) (Ep.10). A policeman at the left holds a rifle.
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Hamza helps Bolsheviks of Odessa to smuggle rifles from abroad.
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Odessa policemen with rifles.
Kokand police hold rifles during people riot (Ep.11).
Police confiscates rifles, illegally obtained by Kokand Bolsheviks (Ep.12).
A gorodovoy (policeman) (cameo of production designer Anatoliy Shibaev) turns on revolutionaries side and fires his rifle, saving Hamza from police officer.
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Government soldiers during the street fight in Kokand.
Umid Abdusalamov (Shavkat Abdusalamov) with rifle.
Umid fires, covering his comrades who carry wounded Hamza.
Bolsheviks on barricade. In first row are Umid, Gafur (Murod Rajabov) and Farhad (Farhad Haydarov) with rifles.
Jamal (Maksud Imatshoyev) fires his rifle.
Bolshevik Kamil Kariev (Yuri Ilyanov) on barricade.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I

In the scene of Hamza's wanderings in British India in Ep.9, British soldiers carry Lee-Enfield Mk.I rifles.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I - .303 British
The barrel of Lee-Enfield is seen at the left.
A soldier at the left carries a Karabiner 98k, while two soldiers at the right are armed with Lee-Enfield and M1917 Enfield.
A closer view of Lee-Enfield.
The barrel of Lee-Enfield is seen at the right.
Lee-Enfield Mk.I* CLLE (Charger Loading Lee Enfield) - .303 British. Note this rifle is a modified version of the original Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle Mk.I as opposed to the later Short Magazine Lee-Enfield.
Lee-Enfield is seen on the foreground. The shape of the front sight resembles Mk.I* rather than original Mk.I, seen above. The barrel band looks too large but it can be a non-standard piece, added during a repair.
Same rifle is seen at the right.

Enfield Pattern 14

Enfield Pattern 14 (or a mix of P14s and M1917 Enfields) rifles are also seen in hands of British soldiers and Ottoman policemen in Ep.9 (these scenes are set in 1910s, before the appearance of this rifle).

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
The barrel of Enfield is seen at the right.
A soldier at the left carries a Karabiner 98k, while two soldiers at the right are armed with Lee-Enfield Mk I and Enfield P14.
A soldier at the right carries an Enfield rifle.
Enfield rifle is seen.
A British soldier carries an Enfield rifle.
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A rebellous native holds a rifle, taken from British soldier.
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An Ottomnan policeman (Mayak Kerimov) with an Enfield rifle.

Karabiner 98k

Anachronistic Karabiner 98k rifles are also seen in hands of British soldiers in Ep.9.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A British soldier with 98k guards a group of arrested natives.
A soldier at the left carries a Karabiner 98k, while two soldiers at the right are armed with Lee-Enfield Mk I and M1917 Enfield.



British officer Williams (Aleksandr Fridental) carries a holster for Luger P08.
British officer Richardson (Timofey Spivak) carries a holster for Luger P08 though his pistol is M1911A1 (see above).
An Ottoman policeman (Shakhmar Alekperov) carries a holster for Luger P08.


In Ep.9 British troops in India use a field gun for execution of local rebels, like it was during the Great Indian Rebellion of 1857. The gun itself looks more like a mockup, made of parts of real guns as well as metall tubes. Same looking props are seen in It Was in Kokand (Eto bylo v Kokande), also filmed by Uzbekfilm.

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