Currently reading Arkadi & Georgi Vainer’s МЕСТО ВСТРЕЧН ИЗМЕНИТЪ НЕЛЪЗЯ Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya (Meeting place should not be changed) in French translation (translated as 38, rue Petrovka). This is a crime story set in Moscow soon after the end of World War II, when ‘a young officer Volodya Sharapov returns to Moscow to work in MUR – Moskovskiy Ugolovny Rozysk (Moscow Criminal Police). There he meets Gleb Zheglov who is a chief of a squad which fights organized crime. Their main task is to track down a gang “Chernaya Koshka” (Black Cat) which terrorizes the city. Also, they have to find out who murdered Larisa Gruzdeva. Zheglov believes it was her husband Ivan Gruzdev, but Sharapov has his doubts about it …’ (quote from Boris Shafir). The book has not been translated into English. It was made into a 5-part TV mini-series on Soviet television in 1979. The series is now posted on YouTube in five long parts (first part), with English subtitles.

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