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Russia Blog: Sasha Belov, Gangster Superstar - Brigada: Season 2 Reviewed
Sasha Belov, Gangster Superstar - Brigada: Season 2 Reviewed »Sasha Belov, Gangster Superstar - Brigada: Season 2 ReviewedEgged on by his new "business partner" the former MVD Detective Vladimir Yevgenivich (Andrei Panin), Sasha Belov is making a killing selling weapons to both sides in the First Chechen War.When Belov comes to visit Cosmos after he is released from the hospital, Cosmos reveals that he was the man who shot the Detective's cousin dead in 1989, triggering the four "brothers" life of crime.Shortly before Vladimir Yevgenivich heads south to Chechnya with $11 million worth of weapons, Belov confronts his business partner in the lobby of a Moscow casino, demanding to know why Vladimir framed him for the murder of his cousin.Belov responds to this confession by smashing a champagne bottle over Vladimir's head.This raw display of aggression disturbs the casino's security staff, who politely escort Belov out the door.However, Belov's fury catches the eye of a beautiful blonde actress, who eagerly becomes his mistress. The bloodied Detective swears vengeance, but decides to wait until he gets back from Chechnya to kill Belov.This proves a near-fatal mistake, as Belov double crosses his business partner and arranges for the arms shipment to be intercepted by Spetsnaz commandos before it can reach the Chechen fighters.VBIED in Moscow - Phil, Cosmos and Sasha are nearly killed by a car bombBack in Moscow, Belov has sent his wife Olya (Yekaterina Guseva) and their son Vanya off to his new house in Miami for her safety.When Pychela (Bumblebee) proposes a major oil and gas deal in the Caspian Sea, Belov again hesitates, wondering if it is too much of a stretch.As the bratvas drive away from a meeting with their new business partners, a remote controlled bomb goes off in Sasha's Mercedes.Belov and Cosmos escape the blast unhurt, but Phil (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) bails out of the car too late.Since Pychela was going against Sasha on a business deal and was absent during the attack, Cosmos and Sasha suspect that their "brother" may have betrayed them.However, a surveillance videotape reveals the truth - the bomb was planted by the jealous ex-boyfriend of Sasha's mistress.Confronted about his philandering and the fact that Phil literally nearly died for his sins, Belov repents to Olya and the "brothers".Olya walks out on Sasha and takes their son to stay at her mother's house in the Moscow suburbs.One day in 1999, Belov meets the cop from his old neighborhood who tried to arrest him a decade earlier.The two get happily drunk together, and have a few laughs about the "Wanted" posters printed up with Belov's picture on them back in the perestroika days.Unfortunately, Belov is shaken from his reverie when he discovers that the Detective is alive and well, after he was left for dead in Chechnya.Kompromat: The PR war between Vladimir Yevgenivich and Sasha Belov begins - complete with questions from paid off journalists and Artur Lapshin showing up to testify about how Belov extorted him out of his aluminum business in 1992.Kompromat: The PR war between Vladimir Yevgenivich and Sasha Belov begins - complete with questions from paid off journalists and Artur Lapshin showing up to testify about how Belov extorted him out of his aluminum business in 1992.Belov responds to this black PR campaign by putting up cheerful billboards advertising his legitimate real estate developments - and seeking the legal immunity of a seat in the Russian Parliament (Duma).Sasha Belov is sexy!!However, this will not be the continuing or the development of Sasha Belov's life, it will just be the detailed filming of personal lifes of pchela, kosmos and fil.Because on the first series, we only saw the personal life of Belov, in the second series the highlight is on his friends. Sasha you are the best.U S A.
Russia Blog: "Brigada: Season 1" Reviewed
The story begins with Sasha Belov (White) returning to his tough neighborhood in Moscow after completing his enlistment in the Red Army.Sasha finds his old buddies Cosmos and Pychela (Bumblebee) engaged in petty crime.Cosmos is spoiled by his father, a well-connected professor of astrophysics with a young second wife, and rolls around the neighborhood in a flashy Lincoln Town Car.Cosmos and Pychela tell Sasha that they can work together and make a lot of money in the new perestroika -era Moscow.Unfortunately, Cosmos and Pychela also have bad news for Sasha: his girlfriend, who was supposed to wait for him to get out of the army, is now a whore.1989 - Just four Russian boys in the hood ... With Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus blaring in the background, Sasha calmly picks up a set of brass knuckles and walks down to the night club where his girlfriend is working as a prostitute, and beats up her pimp.Sasha's girlfriend begs for his forgiveness, but he tells her to leave him the hell alone.Her pimp wants revenge and so Sasha offers to take him on in a fistfight to settle the score.After beating up the guy (again), Sasha becomes a regular at boxing matches where his friend Phil (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) fights for money.At one of these fights, the pimp gets shot to death and Sasha is framed for the murder by the victim's vengeful cousin, a detective in the MVD (Andrei Panin).The "brothers" and their girls for the evening escape, but Sasha is wounded, and they decide to go into hiding outside Moscow.Sasha swears loyalty to Cosmos, Pychela and Phil, and they become "The Brigade". Sasha meeting the beautiful Olya ... While keeping a low profile in the countryside, Sasha meets the beautiful violinist Olya (Yekaterina Guseva), and they get married.Sasha returns to Moscow after Cosmos' father uses his connections to help Sasha find a lawyer and be cleared of the bogus murder charge.Sasha's nemesis, the MVD Detective, is fired from his job when the Soviet Union collapses and he is left to fend for himself.The Detective's resentment of the youths who thrive amidst post-Communist chaos is evident in every episode, as he plots with rival gangs and corrupt officials to undo Belov.BrigadaBelovSasha.jpgSasha Belov, played by Sergei BezrukovDeciding that ruining Artur is the best revenge, Belov arranges for his business partner's huge aluminum shipment to be stolen.Artur is forced by the Detective and his ex-KGB fixers to sign a confession and run away from his creditors.The Brigade then throws a party for their maimed lawyer at the hospital and they give his devastated wife a hefty check for her husband's injuries. From this point, the storyline is fairly predictable, focusing primarily on marital tensions between the respectable middle class artist Olya and her mafia husband.Sasha has to personally accompany the bodies on a plane back to Dushanbe in Tadjikistan to reassure Farkhad's family that he did not betray his friend. Sasha's revenge, as it plays out while he respectably sits with his wife in a concert hall box, pays tribute to the closing montage in Godfather III.In another sly tribute to the Godfather trilogy, Belov agrees to baptize his son (born on October 3, 1993, the day the West's darling Yeltsin, the hero who foiled the 1991 coup against Gorbachev, shelled the rebellious Russian parliament).While standing on the church steps, he spots his siloviki patron going into the Orthodox church with his family.The next scenes show Belov playing tennis with an aged businessman at the Moscow Tennis Club.In a subtle dig at the abuses of "non-profits" in Russia, Belov tells the old man about his plans to start a charity called the "Restoration Fund" to fix up old churches and historic buildings.In reality, Belov wants to exploit a lucrative tax exemption from the Kremlin so he can import luxury goods (during the 1990s, the Russian Orthodox Church was the largest tax exempt distributor of alcohol and oil in the country).1994- Sasha Belov's government patron tries to talk him into selling guns to Chechnya.When Belov hesitates, his "partners" hire contract killers to murder him.Phil ends up taking a bullet for his friend.In the Autumn of 1994, Belov is approached by his siloviki handler with an offer he can't refuse: Belov must run guns into Chechnya, because people "very high up" in the Kremlin want to support friendly factions in the rebellious province.The Detective, having decided to destroy Sasha's gang from within by turning the brothers against eachother, tells Sasha that "Chechnya is a gold mine" and urges him to agree to smuggle arms.Sasha is hesitant, which his siloviki contact warns him could be bad for his health.A few days later, assassins try to gun Sasha down in front of his apartment as his mother and wife look on in horror.Belov's bodyguards kill the assailants, but Phil is wounded.After Sasha flees to a dacha in the countryside to negotiate an end to the war with a rival mobster, Phil confronts his old friend by telling him "the higher you go, the more shitty you've become to me...I saved your life today".
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