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Riches (Bogatstvo)

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Riches (Bogatstvo)
Bogatstvo DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Eldor Urazbaev
Broadcast 2004
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 12
Main Cast
Character Actor
Andrey Petrovich Solomin Sergey Nikonenko
Aleksandr Mikhailovich Ispolatov Konstantin Milovanov
Helene Irina Lindt
Uryadnik Mikhail Osipovich Sotenniy Sergey Batalov
Pavel Sergeevich Blinov Andrey Martynov
Nikodim Avenirovich Gubnitskiy Oleg Tabakov
Lt. Yamagata Matsuoka Aziz Beyshenaliev
Yegor Kuzmich Rasstrigin Pyotr Zaychenko
Natalya Izheva Varvara Shulyatyeva
Matvey Elizbar Karavayev

Riches (Bogatstvo) is a 2004 Russian adventure TV series directed by Eldor Urazbaev, a screen adaptation of the eponymous novel by Valentin Pikul. The plot is set in 1903-1905 on Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. Andrey Petrovich Solomin (Sergey Nikonenko) is appointed the administrator of Kamchatka. Upon arrival, he is confronted by a conspiracy of fur traders and corrupt officials who make illegal business, smuggling, and even collaborate with the Japanese spies. Solomin befrends the local trapper Aleksandr Mikhailovich Ispolatov (Konstantin Milovanov) who turns out to be a former Russian officer, in the past convicted of a murder of passion and now living in Kamchatka, where no one cares about his past. When the Russian-Japanese war begins, Kamchatka is defenceless against a Japanese landing, but Solomin gathers volunteers from local hunters, and this militia under the command of Ispolatov defeats the invading enemy unit. Despite the success, Solomin is slandered by his old enemy Gubnitskiy (Oleg Tabakov) and recalled from office, while Ispolatov after a deep personal drama disappears forever in the taiga.

The following weapons were used in the television series Riches (Bogatstvo):


Nagant M1895

Andrey Petrovich Solomin (Sergey Nikonenko) purchases a Nagant M1895 in a gun store in Vladivostok before depart to Kamchatka and then uses the revolver in several scenes. In the firing scenes, Lt. Yamagata's (Aziz Beyshenaliev) ZKR 551 (see below) is replaced with a Nagant. In the scene on the steamship Mineola in the final episode Kobayashi (Amadu Mamadakov) holds a Nagant. All Nagants (maybe a single prop reused) are post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Solomin tests a Nagant in the gun store.
Another view of the same scene. The post-1930 front sight is seen.
Awakened by a suspicteous sound, Solomin takes the Nagant from below the pillow.
Solomin holds the Nagant during the chase after alcohol smugglers Bentley and Riebli.
Solomin takes the revolver from the drawer when Ispolatov comes in his office at night.
Solomin fires the revolver during the battle with the Japanese unit.
Yamagata fires at Ispolatov and Natalya.
Yamagata fires at Matvey.
Kobayashi holds the Nagant.

Smith & Wesson Model 3 (Denix replica)

Bentley (Aleksandr Yakovlev), an American who owns a Wild West style saloon in Petropavlovsk, carries a nickel plated Smith & Wesson Model 3 revolver. Several close-ups of this gun allow to identify it as a non-firing Denix replica, incorrectly named "Schofield Cal.45 revolver".

Denix "Schofield Cal.45 revolver"
For comparison: Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model - .44 Russian. The original American Model is identical, only chambered for .44 S&W American.
Bentley carries his revolver in holster.
When Solomin announces prohibition on Kamchatka, enraged Bentley draws his revolver but is disarmed by Cossack Uryadnik (NCO) Sotenniy (Sergey Batalov).
Another view of Bentley's revolver in hands of Sotenniy.
Bentley holds his revolver when making ambush on Solomin in vicinity of Petropavlovsk.
Close-ups allow to identify the revolver as Denix replica.
The grip of Bentley's revolver in holster.

Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver

Riebli (Andris Lielais), Bentley's boss in alcohol smuggling business, carries a Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver.

Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver M1901 - .455 Webley
The Webley-Fosbery revolver in Riebli's dead hand after the lethal confrontation with Bentley. This is an original M1901 version.
Bentley picks up the gun.
Bentley holds the Webley-Fosbery revolver.

ZKR 551

Japanese Imperial Army Lt. Yamagata Matsuoka (Aziz Beyshenaliev), the commander of the unit that lands of Kamchatka, carries a ZKR 551 revolver. It may be used as a stand-in for Single Action Army although the correct service sidearm of a Japanese officer in 1905 would be a Type 26 Revolver. In the firing scenes Yamagata's ZKR 551 is replaced with a Nagant M1895.

CZ ZKR 551 sporting revolver
Yamagata holds Ispolatov at gunpoint.
Ispolatov hits Yamagata with the rifle buttstock.
The revolver in hand of incapacitated Yamagata.
Yamagata holds the revolver during the hunt for Ispolatov.
The muzzle and the atypical looking front sight of the revolver are seen.

Webley Revolver

A top-break revolver with typical Webley outlook and 4" barrel is seen in the gun store (1). It has a wide wooden grip, like Webley .38 Mk III Police Contract model but it's hard to say if this is a .38 revolver or one of .455 pre-Mk VI models.

For comparison: Webley .38 Mk III Police Contract 4 inch barrel (also found marked as "Bank Standard" when issue to bank security guards) - .38 S&W
A Webley revolver (1) is seen in the box at the center left.
Another view of the revolver (1).

Single Action Army Cavalry Model

A Single Action Army Cavalry model revolver is seen in the gun store (3).

Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
An SAA Cavalry model revolver (3) is seen in the box at the top right.
The barrel is seen better (3).
Another view of the revolver (3).

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

A Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolver is seen in the gun store (4). Two Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolvers are seen on the wall in Bentley's saloon, one of which lacks the hammer, trigger and trigger guard (supposedly a broken or partially disassembled gun).

Uberti No 3 New Model Russian Top Break - replica of the Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian Model - .44 Russian/.45 Long Colt
An S&W No.3 Russian Model (4) is seen in the box at the center right.
The barrel is seen better (4).
Another view of the revolver (4).
An S&W No.3 Russian Model revolver, lacking its firing mechanism, is seen on the wall in Bentley's saloon.
Another revolver is seen on the wall. This one is intact.

Unidentified revolver (Warnant?)

A top-break revolver, possibly some Warnant model, is seen in the gun store (5).

For comparison: Warnant Revolver
The supposed Warnant revolver (5) is seen in the box at the bottom right. Its general look, especially the shape of the grip allows to make a guess about the model.


FN Model 1906

Helene (Irina Lindt) owns a nickel plated FN Model 1906 pocket pistol. The extrator on the pistol is too wide and positioned slightly different that on the original Belgian pistol so this gun seems to be rather one of the numerous clones, possibly some Spanish Eibar model. Of course, none of these pistols did exist in Spring 1905.

FN Model 1906 - .25 ACP
Helene takes the pistol from her jewelry box in the scene in a hotel in Petropavlovsk.
The top view of the pistol.
Helene cocks the pistol. Note the lack of the magazine.
A decent view of the pistol. Note that the external extractor differs from same detail on the original FN 1906.

Sauer 1919

In the scene on the steamship Mineola in the final episode Solomin (Sergey Nikonenko) holds an anachronistic Sauer 1919 pistol (a .25 caliber version of better known Sauer 1913) instead of his common Nagant revolver.

Sauer 1919 - .25 ACP
Solomin holds the pistol. The barrel is shorter than on Sauer 1913 that allows to identify the pistol as .25 Sauer 1919.

Mannlicher Model 1905

A Mannlicher Model 1905 is seen in the gun store in Vladivostok (2). The scene is set in 1903, and the pistol is anachronistic but it may be a stand-in for earlier and similar looking Mannlicher Model 1901.

Mannlicher Model 1905 - 7.63mm Mannlicher
Among the handguns in the box Mannlicher 1905 (2) is seen on the bottom left.
Another view of the pistol (2).


Triple Barreled Shotgun

Aleksandr Ispolatov (Konstantin Milovanov) carries a triple barreled shotgun with exposed hammers throughout the series, using it for hunting and on the war. In the original novel, Ispolatov's gun is described as German-made combination rifle/shotgun with two rifled barrels and one smoothbore. Ispolatov calls it Byuksflint, from German Buchsflinte, a term for side by side combination guns. Contrary to the gun in the novel, the screen gun has three smooth barrels of same 12 gauge (the gauge marks are seen on shotgun shells). It has two triggers and two hammers: one is used for two top barrels, automatically switching from one to the other, and another one for the bottom barrel. Triple shotguns were produced by order; in early 20th century French gunsmiths made 12 gauge guns while German and Belgian gunsmiths prefered 16 and 20 gauge.

The shotgun on Ispolatov's dog sled.
The muzzles are of same caliber.
A view of the buttstock and hammers.
Ispolatov cocks the hammer, catching Bentley making ambush on Solomin.
Ispolatov reloads the shotgun. Note the marking on the shells: 12 gauge, the Soviet era logo of Tula ammunition factory and the year 1990.
Ispolatov fires his gun.
A general view of the gun.
Natalya Izheva (Varvara Shulyatyeva) tries to stop Ispolatov from going to Petropavlovsk.
A close-up of the forend.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Many Kamchatka hunters carry Double Barreled Shotguns. Both shotguns with exposed hammers and hammerless models are seen.

A local postman (uncredited) holds a double barreled shotgun in the opening scene.
Another view of the postman's shotgun. This is a hammerless model that was not so common in Siberia in early 20th century.
A volunteer in center carries a double barreled shotgun.
Two volunteers at the foreground carry double barreled shotguns.
A native tribe hunter in ambush with a double barreled shotgun.
A volunteer fires a double barreled shotgun with exposed hammers.
Two native hunters (in center and at the right) hold double barreled shotguns.
Two double barreled shotguns are seen in the scene of awarding of the volunteers after the war.


Anachronistic IZh-18 single barreled shotguns are used by some Kamchatka hunters and volunteers.

Izhmekh IZh-18EM-M - 12 gauge
A man at the left carries a hammerless single barreled shotgun. The typical IZh spur on the trigger guard can be seen, so the shotgun is most likely an IZh-18. A man in center also carries a single barreled shotgun of unclear model.
A man at the background carries a single barreled shotgun that seems to be an IZh-18. This man also holds a Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifle of his comrade-in-arms.
A man in center carries an IZh-18. Other volunteers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry (at the left) and Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.
Another view of the same shotgun.

Single Barreled Shotgun

Single Barreled Shotguns of unknown model are seen among the long guns in the gun store in Vladivostok.

Seven long guns are seen behind the gun store manager. The one at the left is definitly a single barreled shotgun, and the following three are very likely also of same kind. Three more guns look different, they are described below.
The stock of the shotgun at the left is seen.

Berdan Shotgun

Berdan bolt action shotguns, known under the nickname "Berdanka", are used by some reservists and volunteers, notably by Sergey Blinov (Ivan Kokorin). These guns, converted from surplus Berdan No.2 rifles, were really very common among Russian hunters in early 20th century.

Berdanka bolt action shotgun - 28 Gauge
Sotenniy represents his subordinates to Solomin. Two reservists (in civilian clothes) at the left carry "berdanka" shotguns while other reservists and Cossacks are armed with Winchester Model 1895 and Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles.
Volunteers on board of the schooner Kamchatka. "Berdanka" shotgun and Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle are seen.
Sergey Blinov with the "berdanka" in hands on the night watch.
Sergey carries the "berdanka".
Sergey holds the shotgun.
Sergey is killed in action.

Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun

At least one of the bolt action shotguns seems to be a Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun rather than a "berdanka".

TOZ R-32 shotgun - 32 gauge. The screen gun looks similar.
A volunteer at the right carries a "frolovka" shotgun, judging by the shape of bolt handle.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Cossack Uryadnik (NCO) Mikhail Osipovich Sotenniy (Sergey Batalov) and some of his subordinates carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, used as a stand-in for original M1891 Dragoon or Cossack model. Some civilian volunteers on defence of Kamchatka are also armed with M91/30 rifles. Due to the lack of Arisaka rifles, M91/30 rifles are also carried by Japanese soldiers. These rifles are fitted with Arisaka-style prop bayonets. Many M91/30s have light yellow stocks.

Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A Cossack on guard at the warehouse of furs carries an M91/30 rifle.
Sotenniy rides by the sea coast, carrying an M91/30 rifle.
An M91/30 rifle in the house of the retired Navy navigator Nikifor Zhabin (Yuriy Nazarov).
Volunteers at the right and at the background carry M91/30 rifles.
During the chase after alcohol smugglers, Sotenniy's rifle constantly switches between M91/30 and M91 Infantry.
Ispolatov delivers a crate of rifles to arm the people in the village of Yavino.
Some of the Japanese soldiers, standing in formation, carry M91/30 rifles.
A volunteer at the background carries an M91/30 rifle.
Volunteers on board of the schooner Kamchatka. Berdanka shotgun and M91/30 rilfe are seen.
A Japanese soldier carries an M91/30 rifle with a prop bayonet. What is strange, the barrel is rotated in the stock upside down so the front sight is below the barrel.
A pile of captured Japanese rifles. Most of them are M91/30.
Volunteers with M91/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry

Sotenniy's (Sergey Batalov) rifle constantly switches between M91/30 and Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry. Cossacks and volunteers use M91 Infantry rifles. Like M91/30s, M91s with Arisaka-style prop bayonets are carryied by Japanese soldiers. During the shootout with Japanese soldiers in the leper colony, both Ispolatov's (Konstantin Milovanov) rifles switch to M91 Infantry from previously seen Karabiner 98k (see below).

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifle - 7.62x54mm R
A Cossack on watch at the building of the Kamchatka administration carries an M91 Infantry rifle.
Sotenniy fires an M91 Infantry rifle during the shootout with Japanese poachers.
Cossacks stand in formation with M91 Infantry rifles on slings.
During the chase after alcohol smugglers, Sotenniy's rifle constantly switches between M91/30 and M91 Infantry.
Two volunteers at the left hold M91 Infantry rifles. Others are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles and an IZh-18 shotgun.
A pile of captured Japanese rifles. An M91 Infantry is seen on the top.
Ispolatov cleans and loads the pair of his M91 rifles.
Ispolatov loads the rifle. Note the spitzer bullet that was adopted in Russia only in 1908. In 1905 7.62x54 mm R ammo existed only with round-nosed bullets.
The closed bolt.
Japanese soldiers hold M91 Infantry rifles with prop Arisaka bayonets during the scene in the leper colony.
A good view of the attaching of the prop bayonet.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles are also used as a stand-in for Arisaka. Like Mosin Nagant rifles, they are fitted with prop Arisaka style bayonets. Ispolatov (Konstantin Milovanov) gets a Gewehr 98 during the encounter with Gubnitskiy and Yamagata; in the following shootout his rifle switches to a Karabiner 98b (see below).

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Many Japanese soldiers, standing in formation, carry Gewehr 98 rifles with prop bayonets.
A Japanese soldier, carrying a Gewehr 98, encounters Ispolatov and Sergey Blinov near a stream.
The soldier reloads his rifle.
A pile of captured Japanese rifles. Some of the are Gewehr 98.
Ispolatov, betrayed and trapped, watches a Gewehr 98, leaning against the wall.
Ispolatov aims the rifle at Gubnitskiy.
He breaks from the building with the rifle in hands.
Ispolatov with Gewehr 98 and Karabiner 98b, taken from killed Japanese sentry. In the following moment the Gewehr 98 switches to another Kar 98b.

Karabiner 98b

Several Karabiner 98b rifles is seen among the guns of Japanese soldiers. Ispolatov (Konstantin Milovanov) takes a Kar 98b from a killed soldier during his escape from Japanese occupied Petropavlovsk; in the following shootout his Gewehr 98 switches to another Kar 98b, so no less then two rifles of this type were used.

Karabiner 98b - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Japanese soldier aims the Karabiner 98b. Like other rifles, it is fitted with a prop bayonet.
Rasstrigin grabs the rifle and attack the soldier with his shashka.
A pile of captured Japanese rifles. A Karabiner 98b with turned down bolt handle is seen in center.
Ispolatov fires a captured Kar 98b at pursuing Japanese soldiers.
He throws the rifle (the buttstock is seen on the ground) and fires another Kar 98b.

Winchester Model 1895

Local hunters, notably Ivan Denisovich Yegorshin (Gennadiy Yukhtin), and fishing guards are armed with Winchester Model 1895 rifles. Winchesters are also used by the Japanese poachers during the shootout on the seacoast. The screen rifles are Russian contract modification that appeared only in 1915.

A Russian contract Winchester Model 1895 - 7.62x54 R. Note the loading bridge over the receiver
Aged hunter Yegorshin carries a Winchester.
Two fishing guards report to Solomin about the activities of Japanese poachers. Both are armed with Winchesters.
A Japanese poacher fires at Russian fishing guards.
Fishing guard Yegorych (uncredited) aims his Winchester.
Fishing guard Avdeych (Sergey Makarov) fires his Winchester.
Yegorych reloads his rifle.
Bentley's cart driver (uncredited) fires at Solomin and Sotenniy.
Yegorshin and a volunteer behind him with Winchesters.
The barrel of a Winchester is seen during the attack on the Japanese unit.
A volunteer carries a Winchester at the left.

Unidentified long guns

Among the long guns, seen in the gun store, some may be rifles.

Seven long guns are seen behind the gun store manager.
* The fifth from the left gun is unknown. The large opening on the breech may indicate that this is a kind of early breechloading rifle, like falling block or Peabody action.
* The sixth gun may be a Winchester Model 1895 rifle (the shadow on the wall reveals the lever).
* The seventh gun one that is shorter than others is also unknown.

Other Weapons

Model 13 Kugelhandgranate

During the landing on Kamchatka, Lt. Yamagata Matsuoka (Aziz Beyshenaliev) carries a hand grenade. This is the German Model 13 Kugelhandgranate, identified by the spherical prefragmented body, fitted with a mockup fuze that differs from the original grenade by less height, larger loop and the safety lever that wasn't used on the German fuze. While hand grenades found some use during the Russian-Japanese war, especially in the battle for Port Arthur, they were makeshift weapons.

For comparison: Model 13 Kugelhandgranate alter Art ("Old Model").
Yamagata carries a hand grenade attached to his belt.
Ispolatov brings the grenade, captured from Yamagata, into Solomin's office.
The belt clip is seen, another feature that didn't exist on the original Kugelhandgranate.
The grenade in the safe box in Solomin's office.


The Great Train Robbery

In the opening episode, set in April 1903, Solomin goes to cinema to watch The Great Train Robbery that in reality was released in December 1903.

Remington 1875

One of the outlaws holds a Remington 1875.

Remington 1875 - .45 Long Colt.
The first outlaw holds a Remington 1875.
Outlaws with Remington 1875 and Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolvers.

Single Action Army Cavalry Model

Another one of the outlaws holds a Single Action Army Cavalry Model.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model.
Outlaws with Remington 1875 and Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolvers.

Trapdoor Springfield Rifle

A photo of a Californian gold prospector in a Russian book shows this man holding a Trapdoor Springfield Rifle of 1873 or 1879 model.

Springfield Trapdoor 1879 - .45-70.
A photo (at the left) of a Californian gold prospector holding a full-length Springfield Trapdoor rifle.
A closer view of the breech.

Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Carbine

Another photo of a Californian gold prospector shows this man holding a Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Carbine.

First year Model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor - .45/70
A photo (at the right) of a Californian gold prospector holding a Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Carbine. The man also carries some revolver in holster but it cannot be identified.
A closer view of the breech.


Documentary footage is used to depict the events of the Russian-Japanese war on sea. Some of these materials are really of the described era while others are of early 1910s or WWI time.

Russian Gunboat Manchzhur

Colorized and animated photos of Russian Navy gunboat Manchzhur are used in the series. In 1890s-1900s Manchzhur fulfiled patrol duties on Kamchatka and Komandorski Islands, being one of those "ghost-white" Russian cruisers that "proved the law with shot and steel", as described in Kipling's The Rhyme of the Three Sealers. During the Russian-Japanese war the gunboat was armed with two 8-inch and one 6-inch main guns as well as a number of small caliber artillery pieces.

The gunboat is seen on the colorised and animated photo.
The gunboat in another scene.

Russian Dobrovolets Class Destroyers

Several destroyers, seen in documentary footage that depicts the naval battles at Port-Arthur, are actually Russian Dobrovolets class ships that were build after the Russian-Japanese war. The footage shows the destroyers in 1910s, after the rearming with 4-inch/L60 main guns.

Torpedo tubes are seen.
A 4" main gun is seen.
A general view of Dobrovolets class destroyer.
Another Dobrovolets class destroyer.

Other Naval Footage

Torpedo is fired from a destroyer.
Russian Peresvet class battleship.
Unidentified Japanese battleship.
Unidentified Japanese battleship.
Japanese cruiser Soya (former Russian Varyag) in Vladivostok in April 1916 when the cruiser was repurchased by Russian Navy. In Bogatstvo this scene (without mentioning the actual ship) is used to depict the Japanese Navy cruisers Izumi or Suma that operated against Petropavlovsk in August 1905.

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