Liquidation (2007) (Russian: Ликвидация, Likvidatsiya, aka Decision: Liquidation) is a highly popular Russian television series, which parallels the famous The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed with a notable ethical shift. In the “Meeting Place”, chief of criminal investigations Gleb Zheglov (played by Vladimir Vysotskiy) had a modus operandi “Thief must go to prison, no matter how I put him there” (and uses planted evidence to do so).
In Liquidation, chief of criminal investigations David Gottsman’s (played by Vladimir Mashkov) motto has changed to “Thief must go to prison, but lawfully so”. The stars of the film include famous Russian actors such as Vladimir Mashkov and Konstantin Lavronenko (The Return, The Banishment). Sergei Makovetsky had to replace Andrey Krasko, who died of a heart attack during filming.
Marshal Zhukov does not forget the shrewd head of the CI Unit. He orders closure of “anti-Soviet” case, and release of Gottsman. It seems that everything bad is in the past. Gottsman adopts ex-homeless boy and pickpocket Mishka “Crucian” who is now a pupil of a boarding school for gifted children. All-loved singer Leonid Utyosov arrives for a single concert in Odessa. The whole city turns up for the show, and, as a sign of respect, entire underworld announces a “non-working” day for all criminals and even catch and beat up those who decide to pickpocket during concert. It turns out that Utyosov’s unexpected arrival is part of Marshal Zhukov’s plan. The concert is unexpectedly interrupted, and the leaders of Odessa gangs are arrested. The Military Counter Intelligence Unit MGB is behind the operation, but “Chekan”’s gang was preparing as well. The “Academic”, obviously knowing of Zhukov’s operation, decides to make use of the Marshal’s mistake. When riots in Odessa begin, “Chekan” sends his gang, together with the rioters, to military weapons caches…
You can find a full index of Liquidation here.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 25 October 2007.
- Running Time: 45 minutes (per episode) and 644 minutes (total running time).
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: Russia.
- Language: Russian.