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Sisters (Syostry)

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Theatrical poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Sergei Bodrov
Release Date 2001
Language Russian
Studio STV
Distributor STV
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sveta Malakhova Oksana Akinshina
Dina Katya Gorina
Alik, Dina's Father Roman Ageev
Natasha, Girls' Mother Tatyana Kolganova
Palych Dmitriy Orlov
Gangster Kirill Pirogov
Seifullin Aleksandr Bashirov

Sisters (Syostry) is a 2001 Russian cult crime film directed by Sergei Bodrov (his only directorial work). It centers on a girl named Sveta (Oksana Akinshina) who's trying not to struggle with her half-sister Dina (Katya Gorina), who is a daughter of a gangster (Roman Ageev). When gangsters, trying to reach Dina's father by abducting girls, they flee and Sveta who is a sports shooter (she wants to be a sniper in Checnya, no less) makes use of her firearm and social skills to cover their tracks and survive.

The following weapons were used in the film Sisters (Syostry):

IZH-38 Air Gun

On the shooting range Sveta (Oksana Akinshina) uses IZh-38 with and without a scope. IZh-38 is a rather standard training air rifle, which is used not only as sporting but also in basic military training all around the USSR and Post-Soviet territories. Criminals led by Jeep wrangler also can be seen firing them on the shooting range. Jeep wrangler himself (director Sergei Bodrov in cameo) can be seen with IZh-38 on one of the Russian posters of the movie.

IZh-38 Air Rifle with wooden stock (plastic is also available) - .177
Sveta fires an IZh-38 while Jeep wrangler (Sergei Bodrov) and his people are watching.
Close-up of the same scene.
Sveta reloads her IZh-38 on a production still.
Sveta aims her IZh-38 on a production still.
Production still, depicting Jeep wrangler and his men on a shooting range.
Jeep wrangler (Sergei Bodrov) can be seen with IZh-38 on one of the Russian posters of the movie.

Bolt Action .22 Rifle

Small caliber bolt action rifles are used by Sveta (Oksana Akinshina) and other girls at a shooting competition. It's hard to identify the actual model but the general shape bears resemblance with TOZ rifles, such as old TOZ-12 or more modern TOZ-78.

Sveta fires a small caliber with a scope at the competition with other girls.


AKMS can be seen in the hands of many gangsters, including the girls' father Alik (Roman Ageev).

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
Gangster (Andrei Gryaznov) aims an AKMS.
AKMS is lying next to Alik (Roman Ageev).


Sveta (Oksana Akinshina) can be seen aiming what appears to be an AKS-74U, fitted with blank firing muzzle adapter.

AKS-74U - 5.45x39mm
Sveta is taking aim with a short-barreled AK.

Makarov PM

Alik (Roman Ageev) can be seen using Makarov PM.

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Alik (Roman Ageev) aims his PM.

12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

A side-by-side 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun can be seen used by Seifullin (Aleksandr Bashirov). Sveta (Oksana Akinshina) also uses it in one scene.

Modern Baikal Commercial hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Seifullin reloading his shotgun.
Sveta taking aim with a side-by-side


Posters and Covers

It's interesting that each poster and cover of the movie contains at least two firearms in it.

Sveta (Oksana Akinshina) taking aim with a side-by-side and Jeep wrangler and his men on a shooting range.
Both Sveta (Oksana Akinshina) and a Jeep wrangler (Sergei Bodrov) are seen with IZH-38 on one of the Russian posters of the movie.
DVD cover:Sveta (Oksana Akinshina) aiming IZH-38.

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