Liquidation TV Series Overview


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.


The year is 1946. World War II is over, but it does not mean that there is no one to fight with. The post-war city of Odessa is ruled by serial killer prison-escapees and former Nazi collaborators. Fallen into disfavour, Marshal Zhoukov is sent to Odessa by Joseph Stalin to handle the situation. Together with the head of the local criminal investigation unit, David Gottsman, Zhoukov begins a special operation clean-up of crime from post-war Odessa.


  • Military:
    • Lieutenant Colonel David Markovich Gottsman (Vladimir Mashkov).
    • Major Vitaliy Egorovich Krechetov (Mikhail Porechenkov).
    • Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (Vladimir Menshov):
      • Marshal Zhukov arrives in Odessa as head of the Military District in the summer of 1946.
      • He appears several times throughout the story, having ordered Operation “Masquerade” (see synopsis) and also having ordered military training in Moldovia, although this is a ploy.
      • Zhukov orders the arrest of all the thief leaders of Odessa, which turns out to be a huge blunder, as their dormant gangs become active and begin rioting.
      • He is portrayed as very strict, but fair – having rescued Gottsman once from prison, and also having given Mishka Karas’ his watch, which the boy stole and then returned.
    • Colonel Chusov (Yuri Lakhin):
      • Colonel Chusov is the head of the Counterintelligence Unit of Odessa.
      • He is the mastermind behind Operation “Masquerade”, and also supports Zhukov’s arrests of thief leaders. Chusov recommends Operation “Masquerade” instead of the arrests, after their failure is evident.
      • He also supports Gottsman’s plan of disguising Counterintelligence agents in Episode 14.
    • Colonel Andrey Ostapovich Omel’yanchuk (Victor Smirnov):
      • Colonel Omel’yanchuk is the head of the Criminal Investigation Unit in Odessa.
      • He is a fair but occasionally soft leader who respects Gottsman’s decisions.
      • During the riots caused by Zhukov’s arrest of thief leaders, Omel’yanchuk’s house is set alight, and his wife is injured.
    • War Surgeon and Medical Examiner Andrey Victorovich Arsenin (Alexandr Sirin).
    • Captain Alexei Yekimenko (Fyodor Dobronravov).
    • Major “Makhal Makhalovich” Dovjik (Boris Kamorzin).
    • Lieutenant Lyonya Tishak (Alexandr Golubyov).
    • Army Guard Private Luzhov (Oleg Kulayev):
      • Luzhov possesses acrobatic skills, using them to enter a locked iron closet using a ceiling shaft and strangle counterfeiter Rodya who was locked inside.
      • He is shot dead by Major Yekimenko during an escape attempt after being arrested.
    • Efreitor Okhryatin (Konstantin Balakirev):
      • Efreitor Okhryatin is an army guard who works at the CI Unit station.
      • He guarded Rodya’s locked iron closet, and suspicion initially falls on him in relation to Rodya’s murder.
    • Pilot Mark (Alexei Kryutsenko):
      • Mark is one of Gottsman’s friends. He was shell-shocked during the war, and now lives at home with his wife, Galiya.
      • Mark suffered brain damage from the blast, and, as a result, lost most of his memory, muscle control and lateral thinking.
      • He occasionally has mental fits and, on one occasion, attempted to commit suicide, only stopped by Gottsman and Krechetov.
      • On other occasions, Mark’s memory temporarily returns, such as when looking at photographs.
    • Ex-Squadron Leader Victor Platov (Sergei Ugryumov).
  • Gangsters:
    • “Chekan” (Igor Stanislavovoch Chekan) (Konstantin Lavronenko).
    • Tolya “Zhivckik” (Maxim Drozd).
    • Eva Radzakis (Igor Artashonov).
    • “Shtekhel” (Konstantin Zheldin).
  • Civilians:
    • Yefim Petrov (Fima-Poluzhid) (Sergei Makovetsky).
    • Ida Kashetinskaya (Kseniya Rappoport).
    • Antonina Petrovna Tsar’ko (Polina Agureeva).
    • Aunt Pesya (Svetlana Kryuchkova).
    • Emmik (Emmanuel Gershovich) (Alexandr Semchev).
    • Celia (Beata Makovskaya).
    • Nora (Elena Bruner) (Lika Nifontova).
    • Mishka “Karas’” (Karasyov) (Kolya Spiridonov).
    • Galiya (Diana Malaya) – Mark’s wife.
    • Rodya (Valeriy Troshin).
    • Rodya is a counterfeiter who operates in Odessa.
      • He interrupted the Criminal Investigation Unit during “Chekan”‘s arrest attempt, and was arrested himself.
      • After being locked in a guarded closet, Rodya was strangled by Army Guard Luzhov, who, as an acrobat, managed to enter the closet through a shaft in the ceiling.

Liquidation Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Sergei Ursuliak.
  • Producer(s):
    • Sergey Danielyan … producer (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Ruben Dishdishyan … producer (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Denis Frolov … line producer (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Aleksei Kuznetsov … associate producer (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Yuriy Moroz … producer (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Aram Movsesyan … producer (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Yevgeni Popov … associate producer (3 episodes, 2007).
  • Writer(s):
    • Aleksandr Korenkov … (14 episodes, 2007).
    • Zoya Kudrya … (14 episodes, 2007).
    • Aleksey Poyarkov … (14 episodes, 2007).
  • Music: Enri Lolashvili.
  • Cinematography: Misha Suslov.
  • Editor(s): Margarita Smirnova.
  • Production: Central Partnership and Ded Moros Studio.
  • Distributor(s): Inter (Ukraine) and Russia 1 (Russia).
  • Release Date: 21 October 2007 to 08 November 2007 (Ukraine) and 02 December 2007 (Russia).
  • Running Time: 45 minutes (per episode) and 644 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: Russia.
  • Language: Russian.

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