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The State Counsellor (Statskiy sovetnik)

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The State Counsellor (Statskiy sovetnik)
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Theatrical Release Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Filipp Yankovsky
Release Date 2005
Language Russian
Studio Studio Trite
Distributor Karo Premiere
Main Cast
Character Actor
Erast Fandorin Oleg Menshikov
General Gleb Pozharsky Nikita Mikhalkov
Grigory Grinberg, "Grin" Konstantin Khabenskiy
Col. Burchinsky Fyodor Bondarchuk
Esfir Litvinova Emiliya Spivak
Julie Lenard Mariya Mironova
"Rakhmet" Aleksey Gorbunov
"Yemelya" Dmitriy Mukhamadeev
"Snegir" Kirill Gratsinski
Olga Dobrinskaya, "Igla" Oksana Fandera

The State Counsellor (original title Statskiy sovetnik) is a 2005 Russian detective movie based on the novel by Boris Akunin, one of the series of historical detective novels about the adventures of detective Erast Petrovich Fandorin. The story takes place in Russian Empire in 1890s. The minister of police is assassinated in Moscow by a terrorist group led by "Grin" (Konstantin Khabenskiy). Two independent investigations are held, the first by Secret police, lead by Gen. Gleb Pozharsky (Nikita Mikhalkov), and the second, informal, by Erast Fandorin (Oleg Menshikov) who is Moscow Governor's Deputy for Special Assignments and skilled detective.

The State Counsellor is the third film about the adventures of Erast Fandorin (two previous were Azazel (2002) and The Turkish Gambit (2005), in all three movies Fandorin is played by different actors). The movie was released in 130-min. theatrical version and 210-min. TV version. This page is based on TV version.

The following weapons were used in the film The State Counsellor (Statskiy sovetnik):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by many characters, including Erast Fandorin (Oleg Menshikov), "Grin" (Konstantin Khabenskiy) and his men - "Rakhmet" (Aleksey Gorbunov), "Yemelya" (Dmitriy Mukhamadeev) and "Snegir" ("Bullfinch") (Kirill Gratsinski), robber "Kozyr" ("Trump") (Vladimir Mashkov), and Moscow police detectives.

Nagant M1895, post 1930 version - 7.62x38N
Erast Fandorin with Nagant in ambush. In the original novel Fandorin's personal weapon is Belgian pocket revolver of Bulldog family.
"Rakhmet" fires at Fandorin.
"Yemelya" readies his Nagant.
"Snegir", the youngest of terrorists, fires two Nagants akimbo.
"Kozyr" fires at police.
"Yemelya" with two Nagants.
"Snegir" cleans his revolver.
A close view at the cylinder.
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Police detectives fire their Nagants.
"Grin" with Nagant in the final scene.
A close view at "Grin"'s Nagant on the floor.

Reichsrevolver M1883

"Grin" (Konstantin Khabenskiy) carries a Reichsrevolver M1883 until he loses it during the shootout with police. This revolver is substituted with Nagant M1895 in firing scenes.

Reichsrevolver M1883 - 10.6x25R
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FN Model 1905

FN Model 1905 pistols, highly anachronistic for early 1890s, are seen in hands of General Pozharsky (Nikita Mikhalkov) and Esfir Litvinova (Emiliya Spivak). Litvinova's pistol is nickel plated with pearl grips. Pozharsky carries a blued pistol but in the final scene it is substituted with a nickel plated one. Pozharsky's pistol has a unknown logo on the grip; supposedly this pistol is a Spanish copy rather than original FN Model 1906.

FN Model 1905 - .25 ACP
Esfir Litvinova aims her pistol at Fandorin. In the original novel she carries a Velodog revolver.
A close view at Litvinova's pistol.
The grips can be seen.
Pozharsky holds his pistol. An unknown logo is seen on the grip.
Pozharsky fires his pistol in the final scene.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In several scenes Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are seen in hands of policemen.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Policemen with M91/30 rifles.
A close view at the rifle.
A policeman opens the bolt of his rifle. The hex receiver is typical for pre-1936 manufactured rifles.
A policemen aims.
A good side view at the rifle.
A spend cartridge is seen in the air.
A muzzle of the rifle.

Infantry Musket M1845

In the flashback scene that shows Grin's escape from Siberian prison a prison guard carries a vague seen rifle. Due to the shape of the business end this rifle can be identified as a Infantry Musket M1845 but it is only a guess.

Russian percussion cap musket M1845 - .70 smoothbore
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