NTV channel will start airing the detective mini-series Pervyi Otdel (First Division) on November 16. The mini-series is based on real events and looks at the daily life of employees of Russia’s Investigative Committee. This series is an effort to show viewers what is happening behind the dry news headlines when Investigative Committee employees make a report about a particular crime.
The main protagonist is Yuri Bragin (Ivan Kolesnikov), an investigator of particularly important cases at the First Division of St. Petersburg’s Investigative Committee. He returns to the city after a year-long assignment and finds out that his current boss is retiring. Bragin will likely be the one to replace him, but he prefers to be in the field and is fully immersed in investigating the brutal murder of two young women. The head of the city department where he is reassigned is Bragin’s longtime enemy and resists his arrival by any means.