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Sveaborg Poster.jpg
Modern Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
FIN.jpg Finland
Directed by Sergey Kolosov
Release Date 1972
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Podporuchik (2nd Lt.) Arkadiy Yemelyanov Boris Galkin
Podporuchik (2nd Lt.) Yevgeniy Kokhanskiy Aleksandr Voyevodin
Albert Pakhiintakti Ake Lindman
Vera Konstantinovna Yemelyanova Lyudmila Kasatkina
Staff Capt. Sergei Tsion Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
Col. Aleksandr Dmitrievich Notara Yefim Kopelyan
Gen. Vladimir Aleksandrovich Laiming Uldis Lieldidzs

Sveaborg is a Soviet-Finnish two-part 1972 historical movie directed by Sergey Kolosov. The film depicts the events of the Sveaborg rebellion, a mutiny of the garrison of Imperial Russian coastal fortress Sveaborg (nowadays Suomenlinna, Finland) in July-August 1906.

Note: the movie was never released on VHS or DVD, only in cinema and TV. The page is based on TV release.

The following weapons were used in the film Sveaborg:


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by Russian Army and Navy officers and NCOs, mutineers of Sveaborg garrison and Finnish Red Guards. Most if not all revolvers are of post-1930 version.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Col. Aleksandr Dmitrievich Notara (Yefim Kopelyan) (at the left) holds a Nagant.
A mutineer, Bombardir (senior enlisted rank in Russian artillery), disarms Col. Notara.
The commandant of Sveaborg fortress Gen. Vladimir Aleksandrovich Laiming (Uldis Lieldidzs) raises his Nagant on an envoy of mutineers (Stanislav Simonov).
Podporuchik (2nd Lt.) Arkadiy Yemelyanov (Boris Galkin), one of the leaders of the mutiny, holds a Nagant. The commander of Finnish Red Guards Albert Pakhiintakti (Ake Lindman) (at the left) carries a Nagant holster.
A Nagant in hand of Feldfebel (senior NCO) Morozov (Nikolay Trofimov) during the execution of mutineers. It's worth noting that in this scene Morozov fires his revolver in double action mode which is historically incorrect as NCOs of Russian military were issued with single action only version of Nagant.

Unidentified revolver

A Finnish Red Guard (Erkki Pajala) carries a nondescript revolver in holster.

The revolver in holster is seen at the left. The grip of the revolver and the holster differ from Nagants that are widely seen in the movie.


Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry

All Russian soldiers, be them mutineers or loyal troops, are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles, mostly Infantry model.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifle - 7.62x54mm R
A mutineer holds an M91 Infantry rifle at the left.
A mutineer with an M91 Infantry rifle.
A close view of an M91 Infantry rifle.
Podporuchik Arkadiy Yemelyanov (Boris Galkin) with a rifle.
A mutineer (Aleksandr Hotchenkov) fires.
Yemelyanov and Kokhanskiy (Aleksandr Voyevodin) with rifles.
Soldiers convoy arrested mutineers.
The firing squad takes aim. The rifles are mix of M91 Infantry and M91/30.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Some Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are also seen. The front sight hoods are removed to make the rifles look like M1891 Dragoon model.

Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A mutineer (Stanislav Simonov) arrests Gen. Maj. Aleksey Petrovich Ageev (Igor Gorbachyov), the commander of fortress artillery. A closeup of the barrel and the bayonet reveals the rifle as M91/30.
A mutineer (Shavkat Gaziev) ties Gen. Ageev's hands. His rifle also appears to be an M91/30.
Loyal troops on march. Those of their rifles that are seen clear enough appear to be M91/30s. The bayonets are attached backwards.
A close view of barrels of two rifles of loyal troops.
The firing squad takes aim. The rifles are mix of M91 Infantry and M91/30.

Karabiner 98k

Most Finnish Red Guards are armed with inappropriate Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Rifles of Finnish Red Guards who block railway. The rifles at the left and right are Karabiner 98k while the rifle in center is of a different model (see below).
Finnish Red Guards take rifles from hidden gun cache.
Red Guards with Mauser rifles.
Albert Pakhiintakti (Ake Lindman) holds his rifle at the right.
Albert Pakhiintakti holds his rifle at the left.
Another view of Pakhiintakti's Mauser rifle.
Finnish Red Guards with Mauser rifles and Russian soldiers with Mosin Nagant rifles. A 98k in hands of a bearded man in center (Erkki Pajala) is seen best.

Unidentified rifle

An unidentified rifle is seen among the weapons of Finnish Red Guards. It has a large protruding angular magazine, Mauser-style top barrel band and turned down bolt handle. This rifle looks similar to visually modified Czech Vz. 33 carbines, seen in Attack and Retreat (Italiani brava gente), also filmed by Mosfilm.

A rifle in center has a large protruding angular magazine, Mauser-style top barrel band and turned down bolt handle.


11-inch M1867/1877 Coastal Gun

11-inch coastal guns M1867 and M1877 (both models have nearly same outlook) are mounted on Sveaborg fortress. These artillery piecies are genuine and can be currently seen in Suomenlinna. Unlike the cannons, the artillery shells are definitly mockups.

Mutineers fire at the citadel of Sveaborg.
Loyal troops fire at the boats with escaping mutineers.

9-inch M1877 Coastal Gun

A rusty 9-inch M1877 coastal gun is seen in scenes, depicting Sveaborg (Suomenlinna) in the time of filming. This cannon can be currently seen on same place, in in the same unkempt condition.


6-inch Canet Naval Gun

6-inch/L45 Canet naval guns are seen on the Russian Imperial Navy ship. The only ship with this guns, existing in 1972, was cruiser Avrora, preserved as a museum ship. So this scene was definitely filmed on Avrora.

A 6-inch gun is seen at the left.
The breech is seen. Several spent rounds are seen next to the cannon.
A view from the muzzle.

Muzzleloading Guns

Several ancient muzzleloading cannons are seen in the fortress of Sveaborg, as a part of exposition about the history of the fortress.


Naval Mines

In one scene the pioneer company of the fortress is seen preparing the naval mines for placing. The mine appears to be a mockup of a so-called "fortress mine" that differs from standard naval mine, being remotely controlled (by electric underwater wire).

Preparing for inserting the fuze.
The mine is transported on a rowing boat. Fuzes are seen next to the body of the mine.
Another view of transported mine.

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