R | | Comedy, Drama, History
Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly thirty years, Soviet dictator Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.
When he arrives at Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin's (Adrian McLoughlin's) dacha and discovers Stalin collapsed on the floor, Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich (Dermot Crowley) quietly curses under his breath instead of feigning grief unlike the other members of the presidium. This was an indirect reference to the events of Lenin's demise early into the Soviet Union's formation and how Kaganovich, who was a Bolshevik as early as 1917, narrowly survived the resulting purging and ensuing grab for power that resulted in Stalin's rule by backing the latter.
You've balls like Kremlin domes!
Zhukov is introduced with the caption "Field Marshal Zhukov - Head of the Soviet Army" The rank of Field Marshal was abolished in Russia in 1917, Zhukov's rank was Marshal of the Soviet Union (he is usually referred to as Marshal Zhukov). Nor was he head of the army at the time of Stalin's death, as he had fallen out of favour with Stalin.
Black-and-white photographs of the main characters appear over the end credits, but various figures are airbrushed out, have their faces defaced, or have other people superimposed over them, as per Soviet photos of Trotsky and purge victims.
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