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Karaganda (2013)

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A Jewish prisoner in a 1950s Soviet prison camp is on a mission to find his wife.


Max Weissberg


Max Weissberg (screenwriter)
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Credited cast:
Konstantin Lavysh ... Vladimir
Nikita Bogolyubov ... Aleksei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Ark ... Kotin
Vera Cherny ... Elena (as Vera Chernysheva)
Gregory Flitsanov Gregory Flitsanov ... Boxer
Alek Friedman Alek Friedman ... Kroylin
Jake Iorio ... Prisoner
Alexander Kaminer ... Kamensky (as Gleb Kaminer)
Igor Komar ... Grusinin
Ani Minasyan Ani Minasyan ... Female Prisoner
Anton Narinskiy ... Yuri
Edgar Pevsner Edgar Pevsner ... Sherdenko
Beka Sikharulidze ... Murchenkov
Nick Tereschenko ... Kotov


Vladimir has just begun a long sentence for smuggling electronics into the Soviet Union. Vladimir's only friend is Aleksei, a political prisoner, and together they work cutting down trees and constructing new buildings for the camp. Aside from having to deal with impossible quotas, an inadequate diet, and a general feeling of hopelessness, Vladimir is relentlessly beaten by fellow inmates who hate him for being Jewish. Both Vladimir and Aleksei are lucky to be friends, however, as they both end up saving each others' lives. To compound an already horrific situation, Vladimir cannot hope to escape, the one belief that gives gulag inmates any hope for the future: his wife, Elena, is also behind bars in the female part of the gulag. With everything stacked against him, Vladimir is reduced to the single option of transforming himself into something he never thought possible, a change that will heighten the chances of survival for him and his wife. He must find a way to join the Vory v ... Written by Anonymous

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prison | russia | afi | See All (3) »



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Release Date:

15 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Караганда See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$65,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Karaganda is the beginning of a feature film trilogy about the Russian mafia written by Max Weissberg. See more »

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