Marshal Zhukov against the bandits of Odessa. The Truth About Elimination


1946 year. In a country of ruin and poverty, people begin to die of hunger. Crime is rising sharply. Armed gangs rob not only shops and warehouses. They take the last from people - clothes, food rations, bread, condemning whole families to poverty and even death. The war-drained militia lacks strength. It was in that terrible 1946 that Marshal Zhukov was sent to Odessa. Immediately rumors spread: in this city, the most difficult criminal situation, since Stalin sent Georgy Konstantinovich himself there.

Since then, more than 60 years have passed. But the legend about how Marshal Zhukov literally in a few days eliminated crime in Odessa, and still walks around the country. And no one can really figure out where truth ends and fiction begins.

In a documentary film, the authors try to understand what is true and what is myth in that long-standing storiesthat corresponds to reality, and that artistic fiction in the television series "Liquidation." The authors of the film miraculously managed to find real workers of the Odessa Criminal Investigation Department, who caught the bandits in 1946 year. Their stories, as well as the stories of contemporaries of Marshal Zhukov, his colleagues formed the basis of the film. It was possible to find Odessa citizens - historians, local historians, writers, who collected information bit by bit, hidden by the newspapers. The authors trace the connection between two famous films based on 1946 events of the year - “The meeting place cannot be changed” and “Liquidation”. The film is attended by the director of "Liquidation" Sergey Ursulyak.

Author: Irina Chernova
Director: Maxim Faytelberg

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  1. Alex
    23 March 2011 11: 08
    Kogda eto Feitelberg uspel stat 'generel-leytenantom i proFFesorom. V 80-x - on podpol'no le4il ven bol'nyix.
  2. Bobrovsky
    21 July 2013 21: 56
    The film "Liquidation" is staged well. There is Odessa flavor, good artists. Well, then ... The fact that Odessa was packed with thieves and bandits is true. The fact that the police fought them and under Zhukov was helped by the army is also true. But the fact that the German agents were so qualified and fought so zealously after the war already has a bad smell. Why's that. Germany is defeated, the sword of retribution hangs over all of them, and they are trying so hard, trying so hard. For whom? Yes, they sat quietly, like mice in anticipation of the impending reprisal. And the investigators - special officers who had extensive experience in neutralizing German agents appear to be such foolish people who are killed like flies. The real Zhukov, with his combing by army units of the city blocks, exceeded his authority and clashed with the city authorities. My army chief told me how he served in Odessa in 1946. The theft was amazing, sometimes the military was also attacked. Once they robbed the chief of finance of a battalion, who, accompanied by two soldiers with machine guns, was carrying pay for the personnel. It turns out that the bandits somehow found out that the soldiers were without ammunition. The money was never found. After several cases of beating of servicemen, Zhukov issued an order for all officers to walk with weapons and respond with a shot to their raised hand. After that there was no more attack. The head of the Odessa Criminal Investigation Department was a respected person in the city, he never used foul language and was a very cultured person. Mashkov plays him very well, but far from reality.

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