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Character error 

When Anna is leaving Trans-Siberian for the second time, Semyon kisses her goodbye once on each cheek. Anyone who has ever been to a Russian house for a visit knows that Russians kiss three times back, once on each cheek, returning back to the first cheek for the last kiss.
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Continuity 

When Nicolai is about to cut of the fingers from Soyka's dead body, he first puts his tie over his right shoulder. There is a camera angle change and the tie is back in its original position just as Nicolai grabs his tools. In the next shot the tie is back above Nicolai's shoulder.
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When Anna visits Nikolai in the hospital after the knife fight, he is shown lying in his bed, and he turns his head to look at her, but when the camera shifts back to him, his head hasn't moved and he is still looking straight ahead.
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In the last river scene, the baby is alternately crying or sleeping as the camera angle switches back and forth.
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After being admitted to the family, Nikolai goes to the cellar to tell Kirill. They both drink brandy from a bottle and its content varies from almost full to half empty between shots.
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When Nikolai and Semyon are drinking vodka during the diary exchange, Semyon empties his glass, but when he puts it back on the table it is full.
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When Nikolai is sitting in the chair in the brothel, his jacket sleeve is pulled up to his elbow. When Kiril pulls Nikolai to his feet, the sleeve is pulled all the way down.
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In the scene where Nikolai is returning the bike to Anna at one point he pulls out a black cloth and wipes off one of the handlebars. A few seconds later however the cloth has vanished.
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In the hospital, Nikolai's pulse reading changes from 47 to 55 in between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Anna approaches the Trans-Siberian Restaurant for the first time, a crew member's arm and equipment are visible reflected in the shiny brass plaque to the left of the door.
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As Semyon is pouring Vodka into the ice bucket the camera and lights on the set are clearly seen reflecting off the shined, metal, rim of the ice bucket.
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Errors in geography 

The scenes involving the football crowds make no logical sense for a real match at Stamford Bridge. In the first shot, the crowd is exiting the ground via the Britannia Gate on Fulham Road after a game. In the second shot, the crowd is moving from Fulham Broadway along Fulham Road towards the Britannia Gate (as it would before a game); in the third shot, a crowd of people is crossing Lillee Road and entering Brompton Cemetary via the north gate (as it would before a game) but in the next shot (in the cemetery itself), the crowd is moving in the opposite direction, towards the north gate and away from the ground as it would after a game. The Chelsea fans also are only wearing blue shirts, not actual Chelsea shirts as they would be wearing.
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Factual errors 

Azim and his nephew Ekrem are all apparently Turkish characters and Azim is part of the Turkish mafia. However, the Turkish spoken by the actors is heavily broken and pronounced entirely improperly, the Turkish words and dialog are clearly phonetically memorized.
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Tatiana has been on heroin according to the diary, and has had several shots recently, as can be seen on the needle marks. Therefore, the baby was addicted at birth and has to be treated with methadone or such. At 3 months of age, the baby should have the drugs out of his system. How much was in his system at birth depends on how soon before delivery the mother took drugs. The long term effects are dependent on the amount of drugs given to the mother especially if there was drug use in the first trimester. Many times there is a delay of several years before difficulties begin to appear, especially at school-age when learning difficulties become evident.
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In the end credits, "Make up" is listed as "Maek up" at one point.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Nikolai was excepted by the mafia bosses, he gets his stars tattooed. When he is in the public bath, the tattoos are completely healed. There was one day between these scenes.
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During the public baths scene, when Nikolaï (Viggo Mortensen) walks toward the camera with Azim, you can clearly see on Viggo's left shoulder the Elvish tattoo he got while in New Zealand for the Lord of the Rings shooting (the tattoo is "nine" in elvish Tengwar writing).
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After Helen takes the baby out of the bed and carries her to Anna, for a short moment the baby breaks the fourth wall, clearly looking into the camera and at the camera crew.
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When they digitally renamed the hospital from the Middlesex Hospital (actual location) to the "Trafalgar Hospital" (fictitious location), they didn't also adjust the dates. The roman dates engraved next to "Trafalgar Hospital" are MDCCXLV (1745) and MCMXXIX (1929), neither of which have any relevance to the battle of Trafalgar, which was fought in 1805.
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While at the party, Nikolai has the young girl on his lap. They are drinking what appears to be a fifth of vodka. The girl seems to take a drink, but the vodka never reaches the neck of the bottle. She never makes a motion to swallow and immediately she kisses Nikolai. He motions for her to feed him some of the vodka. Again the vodka never reaches the neck of the bottle.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Soyka's dead body is shown washed up on shore, his pant leg is rolled-up above the knee cap. There is a camera angle change, and Soyka's pants are below the knee cap. The crime scene detective rolls the pants up and shows the star tattoo on the knee cap to the other officers.
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Plot holes 

After Anna and Nikolai rescue the baby, Nikolai and Kyrill leave together. Anna is left holding the baby, having only a motorbike as transport.
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