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The Seventh Victim

Produced by : CJSC "MOTOR FILM STUDIA" ( RUSSIA )
Year : 2010
Duration : 93 min
Number of episodes : 1
Written by : YURY ROGOZIN ; ALEXANDER PRONIN
Directed by : MARK GOROBETS
Produced by : MAXIM STISHOV ; DMITRY FIX
Starring : ANDREY SOKOLOV ; YULIA MENSHOVA
Within one year six women have been suffocated with piano strings of different thickness. The case is assigned to investigator Olga Glukhareva (Menshova). Thanks to antique earrings pawned by a certain Chasovshchikova, which earlier have been stolen from one of the first maniac victims, Glukhareva manages to find a suspect – Chasovshchikova’s ex-husband who is a piano tuner. However during the interrogation the suspect, advised by his lawyer Alexey Zimin (Sokolov), pleads not guilty. Bertseva, a realtor in a real estate agency, was the last maniac’s victim. Zimin comes to Serpukhova, the owner of the estate agency, and learns that Bertseva was on friendly terms with another realtor, a certain Marchenko. The lawyer meets Marchenko and tells her his own version that Bertseva has been murdered by a foe who imitated a serial murder. Upon pondering Marchenko tells Zimin about Bertseva’s stepbrother Gennady who recently has been discharged from prison. While brother was serving his term, Bertseva deregistered him from their commonly owned flat. Zimin finds Gennady and receives evidence of his alibi. Meanwhile Marchenko meets lawyer Klenov and begins blackmailing him threatening to disclose that murdered Bertseva owned him a hatful of money. After the talk with Klenov Marchenko disappears. But her letter is delivered to Serpukhova’s husband. He shows the letter to his wife and they open the envelope. Soon Klenov also vanishes into thin air. Suspicion falls on Serpukhov, he is arrested. But soon Glukhareva and Zimin, who have an affair, come to a new version concerning two last murders. This version is confirmed by a note written by Serpukhova. She is detained and confesses her crime under the weight of evidence: she killed her employees, Marchenko and Bertseva, and imitated serial murders. The version by Zimin and Glukhareva is totally justified. Serpukhova is arrested and Chasovshchikov is released, besides the prosecutor makes Glukhareva apologize to him. In the meantime the relations between Olga and Alexey are gloomed by Olga’s ex husband Mikhail – her subordinate who still hopes to return his wife after the divorce. Alexey decides that Olga manipulates him and wants to break off with her. But his desire to sort things out makes him return to her flat and save her from the maniac Chasovshchikov who has come to settle the scores... Thus a duo of a lawyer and an investigator solved a chain of bloody and intricate crimes.