Back in 2003 in a town situated in the far east part of Russia the local mafia boss Vitali Dyomochka decided to do something about a bizarre “issue” that was deeply troubling him. He was quite dissatisfied with the way movie producers and directors portrayed the Russian underground world of crime in movies and TV series.
Dyomochka decided to single-handedly finance and produce the TV series called ‘Spets’ or ‘Expert’ in English. The show depicted how the underworld really operated in the Vladivostok area of Russia. Vitali Dyomochka was not only the main screenplay writer but the lead actor as well. Unfortunately for the director of the show, the police authorities refused to play themselves in his production. The other parts were played by the members of his gang called “Podstava”. The crime organization was specialized in setting up car accidents and then aggressively blackmailing the victims for huge sums of money.
Dyomochka used for inspiration real-life events based on his own personal experience. For example, there was an episode in which the blackmailed victim of the car accident scam turned out to be a judge.
In conclusion, his TV show was a huge success while being aired on the local Ussuriysk TV with a 100% viewers rating. The show also resulted in ten of its criminal “actors” being apprehended and one of them shot by a rival gang.