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Spies (Razvedchitsy)

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Spies (Razvedchitsy)
Razvedchitsy Poster.jpg
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Felix Gertskhikov
Broadcast 2013
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 12
Main Cast
Character Actor
Arina Prozorovskaya Svetlana Ivanova
Zoya Velichko Svetlana Ustinova
Vladimir Semyonov Anatoliy Rudenko
Nikolay Petrov Evgeniy Pronin
Konstantin Vorotynnikov Vladimir Vdovichenkov
Matilda Genrikhovna Irina Apeksimova

Spies (Razvedchitsy; literally Female Spies or Female Secret Agents) is a 2013 Russian war drama TV series. During World War II, two young female agents of the Soviet intelligence service, Arina Prozorovskaya (Svetlana Ivanova) and Zoya Velichko (Svetlana Ustinova), successfully act together in numerous dangerous missions behind enemy lines despite their personal hatred toward each other.

The following weapons were used in the television series Spies (Razvedchitsy):


Nagant M1895

In the episode that shows the criminal past of Zoya Velichko (Svetlana Ustinova), Zoya's accomplice Voron ("Raven") (Oleg Morozov) holds a Nagant M1895 revolver. Voron's revolver is later taken by Zoya. In the war scenes, Nagant revolvers are used by Arina Prozorovskaya (Svetlana Ivanova), Capt. Valeriy Shapkin (Kirill Zhandarov), an unnamed Major of the medical service (Aleksandr Sayutalin), and a Polish female partisan named Beata (Aleksandra Bolshakova).

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Voron holds his Nagant during the robbery of Aleksandr Pitko.
Another view of Voron's revolver in the same scene.
Zoya holds Voron's revolver.
A closeup of Voron's Nagant when he threatens Zoya.
Shapkin, disguised as an Orthodox priest, fires a Nagant during the operation behind enemy lines. The large amount of sparks from the cylinder is common for deactivated Nagants using Gevelot small cups for the imitation of shooting.
Shapkin in disguise holds the Nagant.
The Major gives his Nagant to a mortally wounded Shapkin.
Arina carries a Nagant in a holster when she acts under the disguise of Agnieszka, a bodyguard of the Polish partisans leader Zbigniew Ternowiecki.
Beata raises a Nagant on Arina but is stopped.

Webley .455 Mk VI

During the mission in Nazi-occupied Riga, a British MI-6 agent, acting under the name of Ivan Sergeevich Steblov (Ignat Akrachkov), owns a Webley .455 Mk VI revolver. Later, his gun is seen in hands of scientist Boris Serebrov (Valeriy Kukhareshin). As the series was filmed at the Lenfilm studio, there is a decent possibility that this particular revolver is the same gun used in numerous Lenfilm productions, notably The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
A perfect view of the Webley in "Steblov"'s suitcase.
Serebrov holds the revolver during the stand-off with Arina and Zoya.
He aims point-blank at Arina.
Arina convinces Serebrov to surrender the gun and passes it to Zoya.
Zoya opens the revolver, checking if it is loaded.
Zoya aims the Webley.



In several scenes, Zoya Velichko and Arina Prozorovskaya use TT-33 pistols. TT pistols are also seen in hands of intelligence school instructor Capt. Nikolay Petrov (Evgeniy Pronin) and some minor characters. All pistols that are seen close are pre-1947 versions.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
During the mission in Riga, a British agent fires a TT during a shootout with the Gestapo. Despite the slide stopping in the back position, gunshots sound follow.
Zoya inspects the said agent's pistol and finds out that the gun has run dry.
Arina with the TT (note the deactivated muzzle) and Zoya with the Mauser C96 during the stand-off with Serebrov.
Petrov and Zoya hold TT pistols during the mission in Nazi-occupied Polotsk in 1943.
Petrov examines a TT during the said mission. Note that the muzzle is different from Petrov's previous pistol.
Same pistol on the table.
Zoya fires her TT at Zbigniew Ternowiecki's bodyguards. In the previous moment, she holds an M1911-style pistol (see below) that switches to a TT due to a continuity error.
Ternowiecki's bodyguard Stefania (Oksana Bazilevich) fires a TT at Petrov. In the previous scene she is armed with a Walther PPK (see below) and still carries a holster for a PPK despite her pistol switching to another model.

Mauser C96 (Denix)

In the episode in Riga, Artis (Aleksandr Ronis) gives a Mauser C96 to Zoya and Arina. The screen gun is a non-firing Denix replica. According to the storyline, the pistol is unloaded.

Denix Mauser C96 non-firing replica
Zoya, examining the pistol: Is this for bear hunting?
Zoya holds the pistol.
Another view of the Mauser.
Zoya aims the gun at the British agent.
Arina with the TT-33 and Zoya with the Mauser C96 during the stand-off with Serebrov.
Arina takes Zoya's Mauser, giving her Serebrov's Webley.

Luger P08

During the mission against Polish partisans leader Zbigniew Ternowiecki in 1944, Nikolay Petrov (Evgeniy Pronin) carries a Luger P08. Zoya takes Petrov's pistol after he is wounded. Lugers are also used by German officers SS Obersturmführer Keller (Andrey Polishchuk) and Luftwaffe Maj. Gunter von Rickert (Markus Kunze), Soviet Capt. Valeriy Shapkin (Kirill Zhandarov), and two of Ternowiecki's bodyguards. It seems to be that two pistols are reused throughout the series, and one or maybe both of those guns are blank- or gas-firing replicas.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Keller fires his Luger when a group of Soviet soldiers attack the German commandant's office.
Keller tries to use Zoya as a hostage.
Keller's pistol in the hands of a gravely wounded Shapkin.
During the mission in Polotsk, Von Rickert teaches Arina, who acts under the persona of Irma Steiner, to fire a Luger. This pistol differs from Keller's gun.
The flash from the top of the barrel indicates a deactivated pistol or blank-firing replica.
Petrov holds a Luger. Note that the hinge of the jointed arm has a pin in center instead of a hole on a common Luger (von Rickert's pistol seems to have the same feature).
Ternowiecki's female bodyguards fire at Petrov's car.
The wounded Petrov plans to commit suicide. Unlike the previous scene, he now holds a Luger with common hinges. The pistol lacks a magazine that appears again in the following scene.
Zoya stops Petrov from shooting himself.
Zoya holds Petrov's pistol.

Luger P08 (Denix)

Denix replicas of Luger P08 are widely used throughout the series, used by Arina, her husband Vladimir Semyonov (Anatoliy Rudenko), Nikolay Petrov (Evgeniy Pronin), Soviet agent Vadim (Igor Kopylov) who acts under the persona of SS Obersturmführer Walser, and some German officers and NCOs. These guns can be identified as Denix replicas by the screw in the cover and unnatural magazine and barrel.

Denix Luger P08 non-firing replica
Matilda Genrikhovna (Irina Apeksimova), an instructor at the intelligence school, returns a Luger that she secretly takes from Nikolay Petrov (Evgeniy Pronin), at that time the Sr. Lt. of the Border Guards. Note the magazine and grips that differ from a real Luger.
During the first mission behind enemy lines, Arina takes a Luger from stunned German NCO Helmut (Sergey Mardar).
Arina aims the pistol at her comrade-in-arms Tanya Sinichkina whom she suspected of desertion.
A second later, Zoya pulls the pistol from Arina's hand. Note that the barrel is slightly beveled down, contrary to the real gun.
A Luger in the hands of a Feldgendarmerie lieutenant. The screw in the bottom right of the cover is seen. This pistol has brown plastic grips, imitating the wooden ones.
Arina holds a Luger, planning suicide after the conflict with her husband Vladimir Semyonov.
Semyonov holds Arina's Luger during the confrontational meeting with Petrov and Zoya in post-war Berlin.
Petrov holds Semyonov's pistol.

Walther PPK

Ternowiecki's bodyguard Stefania (Oksana Bazilevich) carries a Walther PPK.

Early Waffenamt marked Walther PPK with orange bakelite grips, lanyard ring, smaller rear sight, grooved top, and irregular front - .32 ACP
Stefania holds Arina at gunpoint.
The yellow or orange grips, seen partially, match the Nazi Germany issued version of the PPK.
Stefania holds the PPK. In the following scene, she is seen with a TT but still carries the holster for a Walther PPK (see above).

Dreyse Model 1908

A Dreyse Model 1908 pocket pistol is used by Nikolay Petrov.

Dreyse Model 1908 - .25 ACP
The head of the intelligence school Col. Vorotynnikov (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) describes the pistol as having a capability to shoot capsules loaded with a paralyzing agent in a 5-meter range. The Dreyse logo can be seen on the grip.
Petrov fires at an improvised target, misses, and scolds the gun.
A view of the muzzle.
During the meeting with Arina and Semyonov in post-war Berlin, Petrov puts down the gun, showing his peaceful intentions.

Browning Hi-Power

During the shootout with Ternowiecki's guards, Nikolay Petrov's Luger P08 switches to a Browning Hi-Power due to a continuity error. This pistol existed during WWII and was adopted in Nazi Germany as Pistole 640(b), but the actual screen gun is a post-war model.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) - 9x19mm
Petrov fires the Hi-Power.
The wounded Petrov holds the pistol.

M1911-Style Pistol

In one scene Zoya fires an M1911-style pistol that switches to a TT in the next moment. The pistol looks more like a blank-firing or less-lethal gun than a live pistol. Possible M911s are also seen in M1916 holsters of US Army personnel manning a road block in 1945 Berlin.

Zoya fires the pistol. The recoil spring plug under the muzzle looks different from a live M1911.
US Army personnel carry pistols in M1916 holsters.

Submachine Guns


In several scenes, Soviet officers and soldiers use PPSh-41 submachine guns, mostly with drum magazines.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Several PPSh-41s are seen in hands of the Soviet soldiers that try to break from a German encirclement in 1941.
Soviet scouts meet Zoya and Petrov in the scene set in 1944. The scouts, including the commander of the group (Anton Chernov), are mostly armed with PPSh-41s.
Scouts carry the wounded Petrov.
A PPSh-41 with the stick magazine is seen at the left.


Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Savchenko (Maksim Khomenko) carries a captured MP38 submachine gun. An MP38 is also seen in hands of a German soldier.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A German sentry with the MP38.
Savchenko with the MP38 during the attack on the German commandant's office.
Savchenko fires.


Some German soldiers carry MP40 submachine guns. Captured MP40s are seen in the hands of Soviet soldiers and Polish partisans.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Tanya Sinitsyna (Anna Vardevanyan) holds a captured MP40.
Soldiers accompanying SS Oberstrumfuhrer Keller hold MP40s.
A German soldier aims his MP40 at Zoya and Shapkin.
A Soviet soldier holds a captured MP40 during the attack on the German commandant's office.
Polish partisans commander Tadeusz (Marcin Rój) carries an MP40.
Another view of Tadeusz's MP40. The gun has its folding stock removed.
One of the Soviet scouts carries an MP40.

MP40 (replica)

Many MP40s used in the series are airsoft guns, identified by unnaturally dull gray surface, atypical muzzles, and some other minor details.

A German soldier holds an airsoft MP40. Note the muzzle, different from the real gun.
A close-up of the same gun.
The airsoft MP40 of another soldier in the same scene. When this soldier's MP40 is seen in hands of Tanya Sinitsyna, it switches to a real gun.
An airsoft MP40 in the hands of a Soviet soldier.
Lt. Vladimir Semyonov (Anatoliy Rudenko), who escaped from a POW camp and joined Polish partisans, carries an MP40.
The muzzle of the MP40 used by a Polish partisan indicates the gun is an airsoft replica.
Semyonov's MP40.
An airsoft MP40 in the hands of Polish partisan Krysia (Lyanka Gryu). Note the half-open chamber with a shiny detail inside.
One of the Soviet scouts carries an MP40 with a similar looking half-open chamber.

M1928A1 Thompson

One of the US Army soldiers at the road block carries a Thompson M1928A1. This is very possibly a Denix M1928A1 Thompson replica that can be seen in several Russian war films and TV series (for some reason, the official Denix advertising video calls it an "M1", although the web catalog correctly identifies it as an M1928A1).

Denix M1928A1 Thompson non-firing replica


Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon and M1891/30

Soviet soldiers and Polish partisans widely use Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles. Some rifles lack the hood on the front sight and may be M1891 Dragoons or pre-1935 version of M91/30.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A sentry at the gates of the intelligence school. His rifle has an unhooded front sight.
Another sentry at the gates of the intelligence school carries an M91/30 rifle.
Another view of the same rifle.
A rifle is seen at the right in the field camp of a Soviet unit in the scene set in 1941.
A Soviet soldier, disguised as a peasant female, fires his rifle. The image is mirrored.
Soviet soldiers with rifles and a PPSh-41.
Some Polish partisans carry Mosin Nagant rifles with both hooded and unhooded front sights.
A Soviet sentry in post-war Berlin.

Mosin Nagant Carbine

Several Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant carbines that don't match any production version and turn out to be full-length rifles with custom shortened barrels. Similar props were used in some Soviet movies about the Russian Civil war to imitate Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbines; these screen guns are possibly of the same kind.

A soldier at the right holds a carbine.
A soldier at the foreground carries a carbine.

Karabiner 98k

Many German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles. Soviet soldiers also use captured 98k rifles. Several screen guns have straight bolt handles while all other features match 98k; these are possibly results of post-war (or even modern) repair with replacing of the original 98k bolt with the one from a different Mauser model.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
A soldier on the road block carries a Karabiner 98k with attached bayonet. This rifle has a straight bolt handle.
The barrel of a 98k is seen at the right.
A 98k is seen at the left.
German soldiers under Soviet fire. The rifle in the foreground has a straight bolt handle and a cut for a turned down bolt handle on the stock, so it is definitely a reworked 98k.
A German soldier fires a 98k.
A 98k with straight bolt handle is seen in hands of a Soviet soldier on the left.
A Soviet soldier disguised as a peasant female holds a 98k with straight bolt handle and a cut on the stock.
Arina with a captured 98k.
The Orthodox Archimandrite Veniamin Konstantinov (Nikolay Dobrynin) carries a 98k rifle.
A guard of Ternowiecki's house in a shootout with Petrov.
German soldiers in the railway station. Two 98k rifles are seen at the left, one with a straight bolt handle.

M1 Garand

One of the US Army soldiers at the road block carries an M1 Garand rifle. The wooden parts look somewhat unnatural; this gun is possibly a kind of replica, like the Denix M1 Garand that can be seen in several Russian war films and TV series.

M1 Garand with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
A soldier holds an M1 Garand at the background.
A soldier with an M1 Garand at the right.
A soldier with an M1 Garand at the right.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

A Polish partisan is seen with a DP-27.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
A red-bearded partisan carries a DP-27.

MG 34

MG 34 machine guns are used by German soldiers and Polish partisans.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 on the German motorcycle at the road block.
An MG 34 at the same road block.
An MG 34 on the motorcycle in another scene.
An MG 34 used by the Polish partisans.
Vladimir Semyonov (Anatoliy Rudenko) cleans the MG 34.


A poster with the Nagant M1895 in the intelligence school.
A poster with the TT-33 in the intelligence school.
A poster with the Mosin Nagant M1891/30 in the intelligence school.
A photo of the MU-1, the 1939 prototype of the multiple rocket launcher that would later be famous as the Katyusha.
CGI of Messerschmitt Me 262 jet planes on the airfield.

English Poster

English language release poster

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