The State Counsellor

The State Counsellor

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The State Counsellor (, the 5th grade in the Table of Ranks of Imperial Russia) is the sixth novel in the Erast Fandorin series by Boris Akunin. It is subtitled "political detective mystery" (). The State Counsellor was originally published in Russia in 2000. The English translation was published in January 2008.


Moscow, 1891. Disguised as Fandorin, the leader of a revolutionary organization attempts to murder the governor of Moscow. Fandorin has to catch him to prove his innocence. He is assisted (or is it hindered?) in his investigations by Prince Pozharsky, a fictional descendant of Dmitry Pozharsky, who helped bring the Time of Troubles to an end.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

In 2005, The State Counsellor was turned into a film starring Oleg Menshikov as Fandorin and Nikita Mikhalkov as Prince Pozharsky. The two-hour theatrical release was then expanded into a 3 hour version which was shown on Russian television. It was one of the most expensive Russian films ever made.


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  • of the novel, in Russian
  • (Russian)
  • The State Counsellor at the
  • Collection of from the film
  • Russian on the film, with stills
  • English-language of the film, from Variety
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